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Preview: Manchester United out to prove a point following Hull defeat

Old Trafford, Manchester

Emirates FA Cup 2016/17

Sunday 29th January 2017 – KO 16:00 [Live on BBC One]

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

Manchester United lost their first match in seventeen against Hull City in the midweek, but a weekend FA Cup tie with Wigan Athletic seems the perfect game to bounce back and pick up a win on the surface. However, Wigan is a side with talented players who would happily venture on another famous cup run, as they did in 2013, and complacency will not be suitable for United this time around.

Sitting 20th in the Championship, meanwhile, Wigan needs something to be proud of as they look to maintain stability in one of the most unpredictable competitions in world football. A win against Manchester United at Old Trafford would be a phenomenal way to reverse the tides against them and string a few wins together to find their way into mid-table stability.

Manchester United Form: LDDWW

Hull City 2-1 L, Stoke City 1-1 D, Liverpool 1-1 D, Hull City 2-0 W, Reading 4-0 W

United’s form has tailed off since drawing with Liverpool, producing a performance bereft of finishing ability against Stoke and one of overall poor quality against Hull City. Prior to that were two routine wins against lowly opposition, demonstrating United’s ability to win matches in first gear for the first time in a while.

Wigan Athletic Form: WWWLD

Brentford 2-1 W, Burton Albion 2-0 W, Nottingham Forest 2-0 W, Huddersfield Town 1-0 L, Derby County 0-0 D

Wigan Athletic has strung three wins together in the Championship and look ready to win their fight against relegation, but will still be disappointed with losses to Huddersfield Town and Derby County, especially considering the fact they are headed to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Head to Head Record:

Manchester United: 17 victories

Draws: no draws

Wigan Athletic: one victory

Manchester United Top Scorers:

19 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 7 – Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 6 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 5 – Wayne Rooney, 3 – Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 1 – Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling

Wigan Athletic Top Scorers:

7 – Will Grigg, 5 – Yanic Wildschut, 3 – Jordi Gómez, 2 – Callum Connolly, 1 – Reece Burke, Craig Davies, Alex Gilbey, Michael Jacobs, Adam Le Fondre, Shaun MacDonald, Sam Morsy, Nick Powell

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: None

Wigan Athletic Squad:

Manager: Warren Joyce

Goalkeepers: Jussi Jääskeläinen, Jakob Haugaard, Owen Evans

Defenders: Reece James, Jake Buxton, Donervon Daniels, Callum Connolly, Andy Kellett, Craig Morgan, Stephen Warnock, Jack Hendry, Luke Burke, Reece Burke, Dan Burn, Sam Stubbs

Midfielders: David Perkins, Max Power, Alex Gilbey, Sam Morsy, Jordi Gómez, Jordan Flores, Shaun MacDonald, Michael Jacobs, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Nick Powell, Yanic Wildschut, Josh Gregory, Marcus Browne, Danny O’Brien, Jamie Hanson

Forwards: Will Grigg, Adam le Fondre, Ryan Colclough, James Barrigan

Suspensions/Injuries: Yanic Wildschut, Max Power, David Perkins, Donervon Daniels, Nick Powell

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Written by Aaron Moniz

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