Manchester United v Wigan – Match Preview

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United welcome Wigan to Old Trafford this Saturday, but look set to be without new signings Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa.

Van Persie was withdrawn at half time of the Netherlands 4-1 World Cup qualifying win against Hungary on Tuesday, with a suspected thigh injury, however Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal played down the injury after the match.

“We took off Robin for precautionary measures,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem to be too serious, but you never know. We didn’t want to take any risks.”

Van Persie has been in deadly form since arriving at Old Trafford, netting four goals already including a hat trick during United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in their last Premier League match.

Any sort of injury setback would be a blow for Sir Alex Ferguson, who is already without the injured Wayne Rooney.

Meanwhile Kagawa was forced to withdraw from Japan’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq, complaining of a pain in the lower back.

United have yet to hit their best this season, losing to Everton and picking up slightly fortuitous 3-2 victories at home to Fulham and then away at Southampton, having fallen behind in both games.

Meanwhile Wigan have made a decent start to the season, and are unbeaten in their last two league matches.

Roberto Martinez has heaped praise this week on Argentine striker Franco Di Santo, often much maligned during his time in English football.

The former Chelsea man has two goals to his name so far this season, and Martinez is even optimistic his striker is ready to make the step up to International football.

“I think Franco can be a massive striker for Argentina,” he said.

“He has always had that potential but it’s the way he put all the parts of his game together in the last four months of last season that has really been so impressive.”

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Wigan
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