Man Utd v Wigan: Second string United should grind out an Old Trafford win

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EFL Cup finalists Manchester United continue on the Cup trail when they face Wigan on Sunday. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) previews the match for us.

Manchester United v Wigan | Sunday 16:00 | BBC One

  • Ex-Manchester United U21 coach Warren Joyce takes his Wigan side to Old Trafford for this FA Cup Fourth Round clash.
  • It’s been a tough 13 games in charge for Joyce, he’s won just four of them, although three have come in his last three matches.
  • Athletic are above the Championship relegation zone purely on goal difference and a long few months lie ahead as they bid to stay in the second tier.
  • Clearly this match is all about Manchester United though. Well it should be at odds of 1/5.
  • Manager Jose Mourinho tends to take this competition seriously, but with a League Cup semi-final less than 72 hours before this game he may play more fringe players.
  • Eric Bailly is back from the African Nations Cup and Luke Shaw could return after a lengthy injury lay-off. United are home to Hull in the league on Wednesday night, a far bigger fixture.
  • Regular readers will know I’m not purring over this United side and while I admire them defensively, I still think they lack sparkle in the final third.
  • With just 33 league goals recorded this season, they sit way off the pace in the scorers chart.
  • On the flip side, only Chelsea and Tottenham have conceded fewer than Manchester United this season and that’s an angle I’ll look to exploit here.
  • I’m confident Mourinho’s men can keep it clean at the back but don’t envisage them hacking up in front. With this in mind I’ll back them to win by 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines.

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Manchester United v Wigan – Manchester United to win 1-0 (83/10 Marathon Bet)

Manchester United v Wigan – Manchester United to win 2-0 (11/2 Marathon Bet)

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Chris first got interested in betting back in 2000 when he began working in betting shops throughout Scotland. He has remained in the industry ever since, specialising in marketing and PR roles. Outside of betting, his interests are listening to Blur and following Queen Of The South.

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