Wigan might be in a relegation scrap at the bottom of the Championship but they have hit their best form of the season at the right time.
They have won three games in a row for the first time this season, having only managed four wins all season prior to the start of their current run. They have also only lost two of their last nine away matches.
Manchester United’s 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end on Thursday night, depite Jose Mourinho’s comments, after they toiled to a 2-1 defeat away to Hull City in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi final.
That scoreline was still enough for them to progress to the final, where they will meet Southampton, but they must now focus their attentions on Sunday’s clash with Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.
United have won 17 of their 18 previous matches against Wigan and have only ever conceded in five of those matches. Even though Mourinho’s side have struggled in their last few matches they should have enough to overcome Wigan, although it could go down to the wire due to the fact United have only scored four first half goals in their last nine matches.
Manchester United – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is expected to make several changes to the side that faces Wigan on Sunday with an eye on Wednesday’s league match against Hull.
Eric Bailly is the only player unavailable for the home side, while Luke Shaw could be given a rare outing this weekend. With Michael Carrick expected to be rested, Bastian Schweinsteiger could get some game time.
Mourinho said Axel Tuanzebe is close to making his competitive debut for United and the highly rated defender could do so against Wigan on Sunday.
Wigan – Warren Joyce returns to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving his job as Manchester United reserve head coach to become Wigan manager at the start of November.
Former United players Reece James, Nick Powell and Andy Kellett will all miss a chance to return to their former club because of injury. Ryan Tunnicliffe is fit and free to play against his former club, although Ravel Morrison will not.
Man Utd have won 18 of their last 19 matches against Wigan in all competitions.
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 7 home matches against Wigan in all competitions.
Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches against Wigan in all competitions.
Man Utd have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Wigan in all competitions.
Man Utd are undefeated in their last 8 matches in FA Cup.