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United's record in the League Cup, under its various names, is not good. This will be Manchester United's sixth appearance in the final, but their only triumph come against Nottingham Forest in 1992.

Ryan Giggs is the only survivor from that Wembley win, and so much can depend on the Welsh international if United are to lift the cup.

The way Sir Alex has been using his players for vital matches (as so happened against Liverpool last week) where he played Ryan Giggs in the heart of midfield and Wayne Rooney on the flank, was frightening. At times I wonder if the players actually know what Fergie expects from them.

What concerns many is that the Glazer money for team building was used to sign two defenders instead of adding to the weakest part of the team ... the midfield department.

But this weekend is not the time to take pot shots at the manager. This is a final we must get behind the team and the gaffa and build something for the future.

After all, no disrespect to our opponents, but Wigan's previous best showing in the competition was reaching the fifth round in 2003! In the Premiership this season we defeated them 4-0 (Ferdinand, Rooney 2, van Nistelrooy penalty) at Old Trafford in December, and surely we cannot fail on Sunday.


Manchester United:

3rd round: Home vs Barnet 4-1
4th round: Home vs WBA 3-1
Quarter-final: Away vs Birmingham 3-1
Semi-final: Blackburn - Away 1-1

Wigan Athletic:

2nd round: Home vs Bournemouth 1-0
3rd round: Home vs Watford 3-0 aet
4th round: Home vs Newcastle 1-0
Quarter-final: Home vs Bolton 2-0
Semi-final: Arsenal - Home 1-0

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Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 25 2006

Time: 12:22PM

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man utd are going to win but look at how easy there games were compared to wigan
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27/02/2006 18:46:00

Ruud didnt look a happy bunny after not being involved at all in the final. Is it wise upsetting one of your most valuable assets like that? He may be looking for a move soon after that.
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27/02/2006 18:55:00


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