ROBERTO Martinez has called on every man, woman and child to unite this evening – and help Wigan Athletic make some more history.
Manchester United are the only Premier League side that Latics have so far failed to beat – the record of P14, L14 not making particularly happy reading.
However, Martinez reckons victory over United at the DW would be the perfect fillip for his side’s survival hopes.
And, with hundreds of Latics fans set to welcome the players into the ground before the game thanks to an internet campaign, the Spaniard senses it could be another famous night.
“We know it will be difficult because Manchester United are playing for the title and they are a very strong and experienced outfit,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“But in many ways it is a great opportunity for us to beat them and break that stat.
“We were left with such a feeling of disappointment at Chelsea last weekend, but in moments like this we need to remain as tight as ever both on and off the field.
“There are so many injustices outside the football club that we need to keep the togetherness that we have within as strong as ever.
“For the fans to be there when we all arrive at the stadium, it has an amazing effect on the players. And if we can perform tonight in the manner we did on Saturday, who knows what could happen?
“Maybe this time we might not play as well and end up with the points. Maybe football owes us a result.”
United, of course, will be looking for the win themselves as they close in on a 20th league title.
They stand eight points clear of Manchester City with just six games remaining, but Martinez doesn’t believe that will mean them taking the foot off the gas.
“If you didn’t know Sir Alex Ferguson or Manchester United, perhaps you’d be forgiven for thinking they might be tempted to slow down,” he added.
“But we all know that the reason why United have been so successful over the years is because of their winning mentality.
“They go into every game looking to win it, and I don’t expect anything else from them ahead of this game.
“We are playing against a team that is in great form, a team that is going for the title and a team that over the years we’ve found it very difficult to get anything off.
“But we are not in a position in the table where we can be thinking of anything other than trying to win the game ourselves.”