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.