WIGAN ATHLETIC have struggled to reproduce the magnificent early season form of last year which saw them shoot up to second in the table by late October. Yet they're still unbeaten at home going into this clash with table topping Manchester United, who are unbeaten away.
This is the second of three successive north west derbies for Paul Jewell's side and the first of a double header of Saturday lunchtime fixtures against the two Manchester clubs.
The Latics look for their first ever League points against Manchester United, after losing heavily at Old Trafford and 1-2 in this corresponding fixture in last season's Premiership meetings.
MANCHESTER UNITED travel just 25 miles in search of their 150th all-time away victory in the Premier League, which would put them three points clear at the top, at least until Chelsea play at Reading in the early evening fixture.
The Red Devils boast the strongest attack in the highest League, averaging exactly two goals per game - that's precisely double the average of their opponents. Should they be held by Wigan, it would be Manchester United's 1,000th draw in their League history.
United beat Wigan three times last season, including two 4-0 victories in the Premiership at Old Trafford and in the Carling Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
Wayne ROONEY scored four goals in the three Premiership and Carling Cup fixtures against Wigan last season.
Louis SAHA tops the Red Devils' scorers list with five goals. Ole Gunnar SOLSKJAER is second with four goals. The Norway international has only made two starts and five substitute appearances for United.
Rio FERDINAND is the only player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of United's League and Cup matches this season.
LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME
Wigan Athletic 1-2 Manchester United6 March 2006 - Ref: Steve BennettWigan scorer: Scharner 60Man United scorers: Ronaldo 74, Chimbonda 90 og
HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
Home and awayLeague: Wigan 0 wins, Man United 2, Draws 0Prem: Wigan 0 wins, Man United 2, Draws 0
at Wigan onlyLeague: Wigan 0 wins, Man United 1, Draws 0Prem: Wigan 0 wins, Man United 1, Draws 0