FOOTBALL NEWS

26/02/2011 19:40, Report by Nick Coppack
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Massive games ahead

United may have beaten Wigan Athletic 4-0 on Saturday afternoon, but Sir Alex’s men won't spend too long reveling in the victory.

Instead, Darren Fletcher says attentions will turn immediately to games against Chelsea and Liverpool in a week the Scot admits could prove pivotal in the title race.

“It’s a massive week,” he told MUTV. “We’ve already been away to Marseille and Wigan – we have four away games in a row – and now we’re down to two.

“We know it’s going to be difficult because Chelsea and Liverpool are two big rivals of Manchester United. But we’ll prepare mentally and physically for those games.”

On Saturday, the Reds weathered an early Wigan storm to lead at half-time before three goals in the final 16 minutes secured the three points. The scoreline, though, didn’t reflect the game’s true nature.

“It was a difficult game and we knew it would be,” Fletcher said. “Wigan play open, expansive football. They have a go at you and have a lot of pace in attacking areas. Edwin van der Sar had to make

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Testing times

“It’s a massive week. We’ve already been away to Marseille and Wigan – we have four away games in a row – and now we’re down to two. We know it’s going to be difficult because Chelsea and Liverpool are two big rivals of Manchester United. But we’ll prepare mentally and physically for those games.”

- Darren Fletcher

Video: Watch Fletch on MUTV Online

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