Watson ready for Rooney and Co

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BEN Watson says Latics will not resort to kicking Manchester United off the park this weekend.

Wigan have lost all 12 of the previous matches against United, who are odds on to lift a record-breaking 19th title this season.

The Reds have only lost one league match all season – a shock 2-1 reversal at Wolves earlier this month.

Most teams who have tried to take on United on the deck have come away with nothing for their troubles.

But Watson insists Latics won’t compromise their footballing principles despite the daunting task awaiting them.

He told the Evening Post: “United are a fantastic footballing team, but we like to get the ball down as well.

“It’ll be a big test for us but, on our day, we’re capable of competing with anyone in the division.

“We’ve got four of the big five coming up, but it’s that time of the season where we need to pick up points.

“And we’ll be giving 100 per cent to try to make sure we do.”

Watson says Latics can take heart from United’s recent defeat at Molineux that proved Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges aren’t unbeatable.

“They got beat at Wolves so hopefully it’ll be the same at our place,” the midfielder added.

“You don’t go nearly 30 games unbeaten without being a decent team, though, so they must be doing something right.

“They’ve got quality all over the pitch, two internationals in every position.

“But we won’t be scared of them – we went to Anfield last week and fully deserved a point, and we’ll be looking to do the same again on Saturday.”

Latics will have enjoyed a 10-day break coming in to the game, after bowing out of the FA Cup at the hands of Bolton last week. United, on the other, hand will have had the distraction of a Champions League trip to Marseille to contend with in midweek, with a potentially massive clash at Chelsea coming up next Tuesday. And Watson believes only having one target to aim for between now and May could work to his side’s advantage.

“We were obviously disappointed to go out of the FA Cup, but our priority is to stay in the Premier League,” he said.

“We wanted to go to Fulham last Sunday, but it wasn’t to be and it allows us to concentrate on the league now.

“We’ve got 11 games left, and I think we need to win four or five to stay up.

“If everyone digs in, I’m confident we’ll all be playing Premier League football this year.”

l YOUNG Latics fans have the chance to join Stripey and Martyn and the rest Junior Stripes crew between 1pm and 3pm today [Tues] for lots of fun and games at the Junior Stripes Half-Term family party in the Marquee at the DW Stadium.