United hope to bag a late Christmas present with three points against Wigan...
Wednesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Fulham was United’s seventh away win of the season and a first at Craven Cottage in three seasons. Victory in west London leaves the Reds two points adrift of Manchester City ahead of the busy Christmas schedule and this Boxing Day meeting with Wigan, who themselves are enjoying a decent run of results, should provide a stern test for Sir Alex Ferguson's side. The Latics have frustrated high-profile opponents during their last two fixtures; snatching draws against Chelsea and Liverpool. Roberto Martinez’s team do not have history on their side, though, having never beaten United.
Ins and outs
Victory over the Cottagers was soured at first by a facial injury to Phil Jones, who was expected to face up to six weeks out with a broken cheekbone. However, X-rays have revealed the defender is only suffering from light bruising and he is available for Monday's match. Ashley Young, who was also forced off at the Cottage, is facing three weeks on the sidelines with a knee problem. The winger joins Fabio, Tom Cleverley, Nemanja Vidic, Anderson, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen on the treatment table. Wigan hope to recall Hugo Rodallega to the starting XI following his brief cameo in the goalless draw with Liverpool. Emerson Boyce is still injured.
United moved four points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table with a 4-0 win at the DW Stadium. Javier Hernandez struck twice to open up a healthy lead, before Wayne Rooney’s