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Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.
Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
Robin van Persie fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-4 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Danny Welbeck.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Maynor Figueroa goes wide right of the goal.
Callum McManaman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Maloney.
Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
Ronnie Stam produces a cross, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Maynor Figueroa.
Corner taken short by Ronnie Stam.
The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Patrice Evra makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Danny Welbeck results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Arouna Kone. Chris Smalling booked for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Jordi Gomez from the free kick.
Centre by Patrice Evra.
Jordi Gomez has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal. Danny Welbeck comes on in place of Ashley Young.
Patrice Evra crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Ashley Young. Direct free kick taken by Tom Cleverley.
Ashley Young crosses the ball, comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Blocked by Jonny Evans.
Ronnie Stam takes a shot. Blocked by Jonny Evans.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Jonny Evans. Free kick taken by Jonny Evans.
Foul by Jordi Gomez on Jonny Evans, free kick awarded. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Maloney sends in a cross.
Michael Carrick goes off and Shinji Kagawa comes on. Chris Smalling replaces Rio Ferdinand. Ronnie Stam comes on in place of Gary Caldwell. Jordi Gomez replaces Franco Di Santo.
Robin van Persie takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Gary Caldwell is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Jean Beausejour. Javier Hernandez grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Man Utd.Assist by Robin van Persie.
Ashley Young crosses the ball, Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jonny Evans by Arouna Kone results in a free kick. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.
Arouna Kone is caught offside. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Michael Carrick. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Javier Hernandez from outside the box goes over the net.
Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs.
Robin van Persie fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Cleverley restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Maynor Figueroa.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross, blocked by Ivan Ramis.
Centre by Michael Carrick.
Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Franco Di Santo results in a free kick. Rafael Da Silva takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Javier Hernandez. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-2 Man Utd.Assist by Javier Hernandez.
A cross is delivered by Javier Hernandez.
The ball is crossed by James McCarthy.
The ball is swung over by Emmerson Boyce. Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by James McArthur, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line. The referee gives a free kick against Patrice Evra for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
Jonny Evans sends in a cross, Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Javier Hernandez finds the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Man Utd.Patrice Evra provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Franco Di Santo.
Ashley Young sends in a cross, Jean Beausejour gets a block in.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Ivan Ramis.
Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.
Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, James McArthur gets a block in.
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Tom Cleverley. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ivan Ramis.
Foul by Gary Caldwell on Ashley Young, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, save by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Arouna Kone on Jonny Evans. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Ryan Giggs, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Javier Hernandez. Tom Cleverley takes the free kick.
Ashley Young produces a cross, Ali Al Habsi makes a comfortable save.
Effort on goal by Jean Beausejour from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is crossed by Rafael Da Silva.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ashley Young.
Foul by Arouna Kone on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Centre by Franco Di Santo, clearance by Jonny Evans.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Arouna Kone. Indirect free kick taken by David De Gea.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.
Jonny Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Shaun Maloney takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Gary Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Arouna Kone by Rio Ferdinand results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.
Franco Di Santo concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
Martinez hopes to shock United
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants his side to show the same single-minded attitude that propelled them to a shock victory over Manchester United last season when the Premier League leaders visit again on New Year's Day.
The Latics' 1-0 victory over United in April was one of the more surprising results of the season and played a key part in their survival.
It is the only one of the 16 meetings between the sides that United have not won, and normal service was resumed earlier this season when Sir Alex Ferguson's side were 4-0 winners at Old Trafford.
Martinez believes the club's perilous situation made them forget about who they were playing that day at the DW Stadium and, although Saturday's victory over Aston Villa lifted them out of the bottom three, he hopes they can adopt the same approach.
The Spaniard said: "United is one of the hardest games that you're going to have in this league. They've set the pace in this year's competition, they've got seven points difference already to the champions, which is an incredible start.
"In the same way, we are in such a situation where we need points that we can't afford to look at who we're playing against. We're playing at home and we need to make sure we take advantage of that.
"If you're looking at the previous games against Manchester United, the last one (at home) is the clear picture we've got in the back of our minds that if we are perfect and perform in the manner that we can do then we can challenge for three points against Manchester United.
"I think it was the first time we played the game without thinking who we were playing against. We were in such a desperate need of points that we could only focus on ourselves and we did that.
"Obviously looking at the rest of the history, the stats are very bleak because it shows you we're playing one of the best teams in the world.
"But we're excited, we're looking forward to it. The result and performance against Aston Villa has given us a real sense of confidence in ourselves and this is an opportunity to show what we can do."
Saturday's 3-0 victory ended a run of only one point from six games for Wigan, and there was more good news for the club when they announced their financial results for the year to May 2012.
The club made a profit for the first time in six years, ending the season with a net profit of #4.3million compared to a net loss of #7.2million for the previous 12 months.
Wigan have been battling an injury crisis over the past few weeks but the situation seems to be easing and Martinez has no fresh worries ahead of Tuesday's match.
Midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and defender Adrian Lopez (hamstring) are all still out but defender Antolin Alcaraz may be available for the FA Cup clash with Bournemouth on Saturday after recovering from a long-term groin problem.
United full-back Rafael is expected to return from a four-match absence with a hamstring injury, while Phil Jones could also be available as manager Sir Alex Ferguson once again prepares to rotate his squad.
Ferguson noted Michael Carrick was particularly tired after Saturday's win at West Brom, top scorer Robin van Persie seems certain to be recalled.
Ryan Giggs is refusing to get carried away by Manchester United's seven-point lead at the top of the table.
United head to Wigan having taken 37 points from a possible 42 since they were beaten by Tottenham at Old Trafford at the end of September.
Manchester City and Chelsea performed well over the weekend but there is nothing either of them can do to prevent United securing a record 20th title if Sir Alex Ferguson's men maintain their present form.
But Giggs, a veteran of all 12 Premier League championship triumphs, acknowledges it is far too early to start thinking the job is done.
The Welshman only needs to look back a matter of months, when the Red Devils blew an eight-point lead in the space of four games to lose out to City in the 2011-12 title race, to know nothing can be taken for granted.
"We were this many points ahead with fewer games to go last season and it wasn't enough," said Giggs.
"We are only halfway there and there are a lot of tough games to come.
"There is also the FA Cup and the Champions League, so there are other things to consider.
"We are in a great position and are happy where we are, but we know we have to carry on."
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