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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V MANCHESTER UNITED

14 July 2016

Latics prepare for Premier League double-header, starting with Mourinho's United.

  • Latics host Manchester United in first of back-to-back Premier League friendlies.
  • Jose Mourinho takes charge of first United match with visit to the DW Stadium.
  • Will Grigg and Nick Powell set to feature in weekend's matches.

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 16 July 2016, kick off 1.30pm
at the DW Stadium




PREVIEW

Latics' pre-season schedule continues with a high profile, Premier League double-header as Jose Mourinho takes control of his first match as Manchester United manager, with Gary Caldwell's side set to face a real test at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

It's two-in-two for Latics with Liverpool visiting on Sunday afternoon, as Caldwell's side return to the DW Stadium off the back of a 0-0 draw away to Chester FC on Wednesday evening.

A total of 22 players featured during Latics' visit to Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, and supporters could see two more faces come 1.30pm on Saturday, with Caldwell confirming that new signing and former United forward Nick Powell will be informed in some capacity, as will Northern Ireland international and UEFA EURO 2016 star Will Grigg.

UNITED'S SUMMER SO FAR



Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at Old Trafford after confirming his international retirement.

A new manager and new stars have arrived at Old Trafford so far this summer, with Mourinho making his mark on the United squad with the additions of defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and not to forget the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic who arrived on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at French giants PSG.

The former Sweden international is unlikely to feature on Saturday after featuring in EURO 2016, but Bailly and Mkhitaryan are touted to be in United's match day squad.

Outgoings from Old Trafford included Powell, who subsequently signed for Latics earlier this week, along with experienced Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes who was also released after his contract expired.

Youngsters Ashley Fletcher (West Ham United), Tyler Reid (Swansea City), Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) and Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) have also left the club.

Following on from this weekend's clash with Latics, United will face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Galatasaray, before Wayne Rooney's testimonial against Everton.

Mourinho's side will then face Premier League champions Leicester City on 7 August in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, before their opening league match away to AFC Bournemouth on 14 August.

LAST SEASON IN BRIEF



Wayne Rooney lifts the 2016 FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

United finished fifth in the Premier League, level on points with local rivals Manchester City, but their inferior goal difference saw them miss out on a UEFA Champions League place, with the Red Devils having to settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League Group Stage.

It may have ended in disappointed in the league, but silverware was on the horizon following the close of the Premier League campaign, with a 2-1 extra time victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium sealing the club's 12th FA Cup trophy.

TEAM NEWS

Along with Ibrahimovic, David De Gea, Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcus Rashford and Rooney all featured in EURO 2016 and will not be involved in United's match day squad.  Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Marcus Rojo are also unlikely to attend.

A number of first team players are expected to travel however, with left back Luke Shaw looking to make his return from injury, alongside names such as former Latic Antonio Valencia, defenders Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Tyler Blackett and Guillermo Varela, as well as midfielders Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ashley Young, and forwards Memphis Depay, James Wilson and one-time Latics loanee Will Keane.

CLASSIC MATCH



Latics have suffered a difficult record against United over the years, but the sweetest moment for supporters did finally arrive in April 2012, when Shaun Maloney put a dent in the Red Devils' 2011/12 title hopes with his top corner effort at the DW Stadium bringing about Latics' first ever victory over their local counterparts.

Victor Moses had already seen a goal chalked off in the first half, but Latics' quick corner routine caught United's defence out, with Scottish international Maloney dodging a challenge on the edge of the area before whipping his superb strike beyond De Gea to seal the 1-0 win.

The victory was no fluke, with Latics going on to win seven of their final nine matches to secure safety in the Premier League, including wins away at Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as a thumping 4-0 home win against in-from Newcastle United.

LAST MEETING



Fresh off the back of the euphoria of winning the 2013 FA Cup, Latics returned to Wembley Stadium for the third time in the space of just three months (subsequently reaching the national stadium for a fourth time the following April in their second consecutive FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal), to face a United side who had sealed their 20th Premier League crown in May 2013.

Latics were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to add the Community Shield to the trophy cabinet, with Robin Van Persie on target in each half to give David Moyes' side a 2-0 victory.




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