Ali up for United clash

Al Habsi (background) is ready for Fergie's boys
Al Habsi (background) is ready for Fergie's boys

ALI Al Habsi says Wigan Athletic will be spurred on by a huge sense of injustice when champions Manchester United roll up at the DW tomorrow night.

Latics have just six games to save themselves from the drop, and had what would have been a deserved point at Chelsea snatched from them by a couple of refereeing blunders at the weekend.

Nevertheless, Al Habsi insists Latics have it in them to again drag themselves away from trouble – if they can maintain their recent performance levels.

“It was a great performance from the lads at Chelsea, and for the game to be decided by a decision from an official is hard to take,” Al Habsi told the Evening Post.

“The only good thing was that all the teams around us at the bottom lost as well so we didn’t lose any ground.

“We have a huge game coming up now against Manchester United, and if we can play like we did at Chelsea we’ll be fine.

“We’ll need the fans behind us if we are to do anything, but they were incredible again at Chelsea and I’m sure it’ll be the same again.”

The defeat at Stamford Bridge was especially tough on Al Habsi, who pulled off a series of stunning saves to keep the Blues at bay before he was beaten by Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata – both from offside positions.

“The first goal was not even close – it was yards offside and we all knew that,” he added.

“But these are the things that you have to deal with in football, and we have to move on to the next game.

“We showed at Chelsea how much fight there is in the team by coming back to equalise, and we’ll need to show the same spirit against United.

“There is still a great deal of confidence in the dressing room – that comes from the way we have been playing in recent weeks.

“Obviously we are disappointed at what happened, but we’ll bounce back like we always do and be ready for Wednesday.”

Momo Diame will be pushing for a recall after his goalscoring cameo off the bench at Chelsea, although Hugo Rodallega (knee) is unlikely to be fit.