Midfielder looking forward to Man Utd test, hoping for a big result
Shaun Maloney is hoping Latics can draw on the experience of their exploits at some of the Premier League’s big venues last season in aiming to take a first result from Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
First ever wins at places such as Anfield and The Emirates last season put paid to previously unwanted records and Maloney hopes the same can be said after their next big challenge:
“The squad were all back together in time to prepare for the game (after the international break) and it’s a fantastic game to look forward to, fingers crossed we can perform as we did in some of the major stadiums last year because we’ve not been able to do that at Old Trafford yet.
“I watched their (Man Utd) games against Everton and Southampton and we’ve also seen plenty of footage this week of what to expect.
“There’s no doubting how difficult a test it’s going to be for us but we have to go there with confidence, work as hard as we can and see what happens in terms of getting a result.
“I think the midfield is a key area for both sides; for them I think Michael Carrick makes things tick and is a very underrated player. He’s one we’ll definitely have to try and stop dictating the play but you can go through the whole team pretty much and say exactly the same.”
No Latics fans will ever forget the last encounter with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, in which Maloney proved to be the hero at the DW Stadium, but whilst the Scotland international says the team must travel to Old Trafford with similar confidence, the task couldn’t be more different:
“It’ll be completely different to the game at the DW Stadium last season, they’ll be in the ascendency a lot more and have the advantage of their surroundings
“We’ve got belief in our style of play though and have seen what kind of football that can produce, which is something we need to remember and put into practice.
“The objective is to stop their threat and play our own game, which is what we’ve had great success with in the past. It’s easier said than done because very few teams go to Old Trafford and dictate the play, so there’s no underestimating the task ahead.”