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14/09/2012 10:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Wigan

the Spaniard has defiantly stuck to his principles, instructing his team to play with flair and verve. As a result, the former Latics player has been linked with "bigger" jobs and held talks with Liverpool over the summer, but opted instead to continue his fine work at the DW Stadium.

Star man: Ali Al Habsi is braced for a busy afternoon at Old Trafford, knowing his side have conceded 24 goals during their seven previous visits. The Oman goalkeeper is in fine form, though, and rescued his side a point during the recent draw with Stoke, earning high praise from his manager. “Since he arrived at the DW Stadium he has become a bit of a hero,” Martinez said. “The best compliment you can say is we don’t get surprised. Ali keeps producing at this level.”

Quote/unquote: "The last seven visits to Old Trafford have been a real uphill task for us; 24 goals conceded and one goal scored, from the penalty spot, tells its own story." – Roberto Martinez

Sub-plots: Antonio Valencia remains a cult hero for most Wigan fans and should be warmly received by the Latics’ travelling support, following the Ecuadorian’s three-year spell at the DW Stadium prior to his dream move to United. Saturday’s match could also see Paul Scholes make his 700th Reds appearance, should he feature at any point.

More: Anders Lindegaard podcast | High praise for Valencia

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