Wigan unlikely to trouble United
LONDON - Manchester United make the short journey to a happy hunting ground at Wigan Athletic where they have won every time they have played and where they are likely to take another step towards retaining their Premier League title today.
Manchester City, who have fallen eight points behind United and now have a near-impossible task of regaining the lead they held in the title race for five months, are at home to West Bromwich Albion.
The only thing certain about that match is that disgraced Italian Mario Balotelli will not be playing for City after being sent off in the defeat at Arsenal on Sunday, with his coach Roberto Mancini saying he will probably sell him once the season is over.
Arsenal, meanwhile, can firm up their grip on third place if they inflict a sixth successive defeat on bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
The night's other match sees two of last season's promoted sides, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, meet at Loftus Road with QPR still battling against an immediate return to the Championship and mid-table Swansea looking ahead to a second season in the Premier League.
With six matches to play United have 79 points, City 71 and third-placed Arsenal are on 61, two clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
Even allowing for Wigan's recent improvement, which has seen them unbeaten in seven of their last nine matches, Roberto Martinez's side are still one place off the bottom and in deep trouble.
Wigan have also lost all of their 13 previous league meetings against United since they first met in the 2005-06 season.
United winger Ryan Giggs, on course for an unprecedented 13th league championship medal as United chase a 20th title, told United's website that winning the title this season would be a huge achievement for the club.
If United win today and City lose to West Brom and then lose to Norwich City on Saturday, United will be champions again if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Balotelli issued a public apology on Monday for his latest act of indiscipline and made an appeal to stay in Italy's national team for the European Championship.