Wigan Athletic-Manchester United Preview
(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Manchester United return to Premier League action following the international break when they host Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The meeting is arguably Wigan's biggest away trip of the season, and manager Roberto Martinez has spoken of his disappointment that the team's preparations for such a big game have been impacted by the fixture calendar.
"I don't like the international break, I've said it many, many times," said Martinez. "This is another example. We've got 48 hours to go to one of the biggest games of our league competition and we don't even know what kind of squad we can count on. That's for ourselves, that's for Manchester United. As a whole, I don't think that's a healthy position for any team to be in when trying to put on a good display for the fans in what we consider to be the best league in the world.
"I think it's time now that we are looking after our players. We want top football being played week in, week out and to do that we need to allow the players to recover and to cope with the demands and that's something the top organisations need to look into.
"I don't think the international break is done in a good way to look after the players. There are many ways you can change it but it is a matter that has to be changed. You can't carry on like this."
Manchester United's Tom Cleverley was one of the most talked-about players in England's two qualifying games during the break, and former United and England midfielder Nicky Butt has come out in support of the youngster following some criticism of his performances.
"Tom can be a great player," enthused Butt. "His ability is there for everyone to see. He's a phenomenal young footballer and he's at the right club to develop, with the right manager, the right coaches and the right players around him.
"He's one of those players who can go on to great things but he needs a good run in the team and to get used to playing week in and week out for a massive club. He needs a good season where he plays 30 or 35 games. He had a few injuries in his early days, but he's got to a level now where he needs to get games under his belt."
United have concerns over Robin van Persie and Sjinji Kagawa after both picked up knocks on international duty, while Ashley Young (knee) is also doubtful. Phil Jones (knee), Wayne Rooney (leg) and Chris Smalling (foot) remain out. Wigan have doubts over Jean Beausejour (hamstring).
Manchester United beat Wigan 5-0 in this fixture last season, but lost 1-0 to the Latics away in April. Wigan have never picked up a point at Old Trafford, scoring just a single goal in their eight visits to the ground - conceding 28. United have won ten of their last 11 home matches.
Updated September 13, 2012