The stage is set for an exhilarating battle as Manchester United prepares to take on Wigan Athletic in the much-anticipated 3rd round of the FA Cup.
The anticipation is palpable among fans as the Wigan Athletic gear up to host the match at the DW stadium on January 8, 2024, evening.
Manchester United, under the guidance of manager Erik Ten Hag, enters this fixture with a determination to showcase their prowess and secure a commanding start of the year in the prestigious Cup.
Furthermore, Man United’s upcoming match against Wigan Athletic marks the start of their 2024 campaign, hoping to rebound from a disappointing end to 2023 against Nottingham Forest.
The team has been training rigorously, honing their strategies and tactics to counter any challenge posed by their opponents.
Additionally, the clash between these two sides foretells a spectacle, with both teams aiming to make a statement and progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Manchester United will rely on the skillful prowess of stars like Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford to spearhead their attack and secure a decisive victory.
Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag
Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag while expressing admiration for the FA Cup, said the Reds must be focused on victory at the DW Stadium.
“The cup is always about do or die and you have to be ready. An opponent will be always 100 per cent when they play against Manchester United,” he noted.
Shaun Maloney on the Awaited Match
Likewise, Wigan boss, Shaun Maloney says his team will target United’s weak areas during the FA Cup clash third round.
“We prepare most of the season against league one sides but, in any team, – whether they are in our division, the championship or premier league, there will be areas defensively you can see you can try to take advantage of,” Shaun stated.
Further, as the anticipation builds and the countdown to kickoff begins, fans eagerly await an enthralling display of footballing prowess, anticipating a gripping encounter between these two sides hungry for success in the FA Cup.
Martinez and Casemiro Return
However, as Erik ten Hag prepares for the FA Cup clash against Wigan Athletic, attention shifts to the return of Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro to Carrington’s training pitch this week.
Manchester United fixture list for January stands at two games, potentially extending to three should they advance to the FA Cup fourth round.
Nonetheless, the two clubs have had 19 meets throughout history, as Manchester United backs 18 victories and Wigan taking only one win home.
To add on, there has never been a draw between the two clubs.
Wigan won the FA Cup in 2012 and Manchester United has won the competition 12 times. Manchester United Last faced Wigan in 2017, in a 4-0 FA Cup win victory.