Robin van Persie fit as Manchester United host Wigan in Premier League
United marksman OK for clash with Wigan after picking up injury in World Cup qualifier
Agence France-Presse in Manchester
Alex Ferguson was relieved to welcome a fit Robin van Persie back to Manchester ahead of today's home clash against Wigan.
The Dutch forward, who has started the season in impressive goal-scoring form for United, came off at half-time of the Netherlands' 4-1 victory in Hungary on Tuesday with a thigh injury. But it appears that his removal from the World Cup qualifier was merely a precaution, and with England centre-forward Wayne Rooney still sidelined after gashing his leg in the recent win over Fulham, Van Persie's fitness is all the more important for United.
Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has certainly been impressed by the start the Dutchman has made to his United career, with four goals in his first three appearances.
"The very important thing is Robin van Persie absolutely chose us," said Schmeichel. "He wanted to come to us, it wasn't a question of us paying more than Manchester City or any other club. He wanted to be with Manchester United, and that I think is the most important thing.
"He has been perfect for what we needed to do. We have brought the right player in."
Wigan's visit to Old Trafford offers United a chance for revenge after the Latics delivered a fatal blow to Ferguson's Premier League title ambitions last season. Battling relegation, Roberto Martinez's side secured a surprise 1-0 win at the DW Stadium in April, but they have failed to pick up a single point in any of their seven Premier League visits to Old Trafford.
Wigan have scored just once at United's home, a stoppage-time penalty by Leighton Baines on Boxing Day 2006, and have conceded 24 times.
In addition, they have had three players sent off in their last two visits to United - Conor Sammon, Antolin Alcaraz and Hugo Rodallega.
Martinez believes the best way Wigan can end their miserable run of form at the Theatre of Dreams is to forget who they are up against.
"Our performance against United at the DW Stadium last season was everything we wanted," Martinez said.
"We were in a very difficult position in the table and needed the points. In many ways we forgot who we were playing against.
"That's something we need to do at Old Trafford. We have to perform. It will be a really tough test, but we have to be ourselves and be our best individually."