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Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez wants previous Manchester United win to inspire side for ‘tough test’

By Pippa Field

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is calling on his side to believe they can beat Manchester United again as they make the trip to Old Trafford.

The Latics, who have won, drawn and lost their opening three games, are looking to put an end to their dismal run at Old Trafford.

But Spaniard Martinez wants his side to draw on their 1-0 win against United at the DW Stadium last April, but still expects a tough test.

“Playing against United it can be a really tough test,” said Martinez.

“But we need to be ourselves and have a visual picture of last season. In a way we forgot who we were playing against.

“That’s something we need to bring into this season’s encounter at Old Trafford.”

However, if recent performances at Old Trafford are anything to go, they could be in for a long afternoon – no hiding from the fact that the last seven encounters at Old Trafford has seen the Reds notch up an impressive 24 goals to Wigan’s one.

Roberto Martinez will be hoping that striker Franco Di Santo can continue his strong start to the season, meaning the loss of Victor Moses to Chelsea is not being felt, and add to his tally of two goals so far.

But it could well be at the back that the Wigan players will be most busy, and the centre back duo of summer signing Ivan Ramis and captain Gary Caldwell will do well to keep the Reds frontline quiet.

Martinez feels it could be a game too soon for Jean Beausejour and is also waiting on the fitness of defender Antolin Alcaraz, who picked up a groin injury whilst away with Paraguay.

“There’s a real concern over Antolin Alcaraz,” he admitted.

“He played against Argentina then had to come off against Venezuela. He’s got a soft tissue problem.”

An unlikely victory on Saturday would make it their best run on the road since November 2005.

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