WIGAN (Sporting Alert) As expected, Robin van Persie has been recalled to the starting line-up for Manchester United Premier League game with Wigan on New Years Day.
Van Persie started on the bench, but came on to score the second in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich over the weekend and Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to start with his leading scorer again.
Wayne Rooney continues to be out so Javier Hernandez returns to the starting line-up to partner van Persie, while Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael Da Silva and Tom Cleverley all start.
Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and captain Nemanja Vidic make way to the bench.
Wigan have recalled Scotland midfielder James McArthur to replace David Jones in the only adjustment to Roberto Martinez side from the last game.
Wigan v Manchester United Teams
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Di Santo, Maloney, Kone. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Golobart.
Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Smalling, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Kagawa.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)