LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – When Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic 2012 kicks off Saturday, all eyes will be on Robin Van Persie. Robin Van Persie has been critical to Manchester United’s drive since game two of this Premier League season. RVP has delivered critical goals for the team’s win against Fulham in August and most recently Southampton this month. And while Sir Alex Ferguson tells news that all his key players are healthy for Saturday, the one dominating news attention is RVP.
Manchester United has rebounded after its surprise loss to Everton in its season opener at home. Man United went scoreless before thirty-eight thousand fans in its Everton match. But since then, RVP has been delivering wins for Man United.
In Man United’s second game against Fulham, Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney from the starting lineup and adding Robin van Persie. The decision ended up to be a winner. RVP scored only ten minutes into the match; he tied up the match after an early goal by Damien Duff for Fulham at the three minute mark. Later goals for Man United came from Kagawa and Rafael.
But since then, Robin van Persie has continued to shock news and fans by his performances. In his next match against Southampton, RVP delivered a hat trick and the win. After Rickie Lambert put Southampton ahead with the first goal at the sixteen minute mark, RVP came back with a goal seven minutes later. Then after Morgan Schneiderlin gave Southampton its second lead against Manchester United, RVP came back with two more goals, just three minutes apart.
In advance of Saturday’s game, Ferguson tells news that everyone is healthy. But Man United will need it against Wigan Athletic. The team enters Saturday’s match ranked ninth in the league, compared to Man Untied ranked fifth. Wigan has delivered one win, one loss, and one draw in its three starts this season.
But unlike other teams ranked close to it on the leaderboard, Wigan has delivered vastly different performances this season. The team fell 0-2 in its season opener against Chelsea, then delivered a 0-2 victory against Southampton, and most recently ended with two goal draw against Stoke City. The key scorers for the team have been Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone against Southampton, and Di Santo and Shaun Maloney against Stoke City.
In a news statement this week, however, Ferguson says his team is ready for a win Saturday.”On the injury front, everyone’s fit, apart from the ones we know about – Jones and Smalling. Jones was a bad blow for us. He got an injury in training last weekend and he’ll be out for eight to 10 weeks.” He added “We expect Smalling to be back training by the end of the month. There’s a little bit of comfort in that sense, given our centre-back situation. But with Jonny [Evans] back we’re in a better position than we were a couple of weeks ago.” For live score updates Saturday, click HERE.