Wigan will be tough to beat, says Giggs

RYAN GIGGS is not expecting Wigan to roll over and hand Manchester United the Barclays Premier League title on Sunday.

Alex Ferguson’s side head into the final league match of the season knowing a victory over the Latics at the JJB Stadium will see them retain their crown.

However, Wigan are no longer whipping boys for the top flight’s ‘big four’ since the arrival of former United old boy Steve Bruce as manager in November.

Following a run of 20 straight league defeats to United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool after gaining promotion in the summer of 2005, Bruce has stopped the rot.

Wigan have since drawn with Liverpool at Anfield and at home to the Gunners, whilst most notably they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last month.

If Bruce’s side can repeat that feat against United and Chelsea beat Bolton at home, the title will head to London.

Giggs, who will become United’s joint all-time appearance maker alongside Bobby Charlton if he plays at Wigan, said: “It’s in our hands, which is all you can ask for.”

Speaking on MUTV, he added: “It’s going to be a tough game. Wigan have got some decent players. They showed that when they played Chelsea and got a draw.

“But no matter what happens with Chelsea, it’s still in our hands and we’ve got to be professional and do our job.”

Meanwhile, United winger Nani has begged for forgiveness after getting himself sent off against West Ham.

The Portuguese star headbutted West Ham skipper Lucas Neill in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League win at Old Trafford, earning himself a three-match ban.

He also faces internal disciplinary action, with manager Alex Ferguson vowing to “deal with” the player.

Nani said: “I recognise that my action was a thoughtless one, but I also have to say that I was provoked and attacked. I know it serves as no excuse, but that’s exactly what happened.

“I regret having done what I did and I have to be thankful for the fact that my teammates secured a win, which was extremely important to us.

“I want to publicly ask for forgiveness, firstly, of my teammates, who were forced into a greater effort during more than 60 minutes; secondly, of my manager and coaches; and thirdly, of the United fans who have given me so much affection.”

Nani apologised for leaving Old Trafford before the end of Saturday’s game and vowed to front up to his teammates.

He said: “Believe me, it was difficult. At that moment I only wanted to disappear. That was what I did. I also ask forgiveness of the fans and the club for that.”

* Fans will be able to watch crunch fixtures at both ends of the table on the final day of the season, with three matches to be broadcast simultaneously on Sky Sports.

All matches kick off at 3pm on Sunday, with coverage starting an hour before, as the season reaches its climax with the destination of the title and two of the three relegation berths to be decided.

Manchester United can wrap up the trophy against Wigan at the JJB Stadium — a match that can be seen on Sky Sports 1 — while viewers can also watch second-placed Chelsea’s home clash with Bolton on Sky Sports 2, with the title also in Chelsea’s sights.

Struggling Birmingham are at home to Blackburn as they look to climb out of the bottom three.

Fans can monitor their progress by going behind the red interactive button on Sky Sports 1.


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