Wigan/ Man Utd

Steve Bruce gives even more help to Alex Ferguson

Wigan boss makes sure playing surface suits the Red Devils’ needs

JJB Stadium

When Arsenal visited the ploughed field known better known as the JJB Stadium back in March, Arsene Wenger furiously declared that the poor playing surface was ‘disrespectful to paying fans’. To avoid a similar conflict with Alex Ferguson, Wigan have cancelled the Warriors’ Rugby League match that was supposed to precede the final game of the season:

“The last thing we want is a worldwide TV audience with the pitch having suffered from heavy rain, and Wigan rugby league club having played a game on there a couple of days prior to the football match,” said Ian Lenagan, who bought Whelan’s majority shareholding in the rugby club last winter. “We have been wrongly blamed for the poor state of the JJB Stadium pitch and I don’t want Wigan’s name, and rugby league’s name, to attract wrongful criticism.”

Hmmm, where on earth did Wigan get the idea to make United’s trip as comfy as possible? Is it possible that Fergie slipped the suggestion into one of his frequent late-night pep talks to Steve Bruce?

[Quote: The Guardian]

24 responses so far
  • king gooner // May 6, 2008 at 11:51 am

    f****king typical-why don’t they throw in mike riley to ref it as well while their at it…

  • this league is united run..... // May 6, 2008 at 11:57 am

    is it me or is the premier league runed by manchester united,it seem’s wherever they go they get vip treatment.
    we get treated to game of rugby.
    and till we get rid of all of fergie’s friends and ex employers.
    united will continue to dominate english football.
    arsenal are just a bunch of jonny foreigners

  • les // May 6, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    then man utd’s win this season will be remembered as being assisted by other epl clubs.

  • andz // May 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    With Wigan now having secured their status in the Premier League next season, hopefully Brucey will see the value in giving the younger players a run-out; Valencia/Palacios won’t feature next season amidst trasnfer speculation so I trust the manager to do the loyal thing for his old club. Chelsea, as powerful team as they are, have not played the best football this year & it’s suprising they are still in contention at this stage.

  • Sue // May 6, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    This is such a farce – The FA probably applauded Wigans decision not to allow the rugby league match to be played before the game. Tell me are Man Utd running the FA yet again. Expect more of the same next season….with refs in their pockets.

  • true speaker // May 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Goes to show Man u, under Fergire, have never won anything without help from outside man u, Media/press, FA, premierleague, refs, etc…

  • Alex // May 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    While we are at it what happened to the FAs investigation of the rumpus by Evra and Co at the Bridge and Ferdinand’s assault on a steward.

    Hleb got 3 matches for a fingertip on Murty – what should Evra get for throwing a punch – have the FA forgotten?

  • pet // May 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Chance favour the best prepared, so we shall win becasue we are best prepared, we do not need favours from Wigan though Bruce is an OB

  • william // May 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Does anyone recall Chelsea recently won 2 important games being gifted with penalty kicks…without those important decisions they would be neck and neck with Arsenal!!

  • Rob // May 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    This is to true speaker: Do you have a clue what you are on about,Utd don’t win anything without the help of Ref’s,FA etc they have by far been the best team in the league this season,they play the best football and have scored the most goals so why do we need help,you obviously do not know what you are on about

  • Pat // May 6, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Of course the fact that having a good pitch also helps Wigan has nothing to do with this, eh.

  • Diego // May 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    so happy when fans whine about united’s vip treatment. You want respect,you earn them :D
    united is the soul of any sporting organisation worldwide. Also,take nothing away from the grand football they give. do they deserve it ?
    yes. respect is the word, not bias.

    ps.whining discredit your respect point.

  • David // May 6, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    true speaker // May 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Goes to show Man u, under Fergire, have never won anything without help from outside man u, Media/press, FA, premierleague, refs, etc…

    If this was the case United would be in the FA cup final aswell, get a clue you utter moron.

  • Bob // May 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    What on Earth is wrong with having a little bit of a poor pitch? There is no need to have every blade of grass manicured. Pitch conditions are part of the game, and people need to get over these petty excuses and spoiled interests.

  • Brian // May 6, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Chelsea seem to be complaining that every team that plays Man Utd will not play their best. I wonder where Chelsea have got that from.I just hope that Wigan play with the same enthusiasm that Everton and Man City did with they played Chelsea earlier in the year. And in fact like Newcastle did in the second half the other day. And certainly not like Blackburn did when they played Man Utd some weeks ago that they seemed to be playing for their lives. Or maybe they had a hidden agenda.

  • Michael // May 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Are you all Chelsea fans then? Because from where I’m sitting it all boils down to who gets the most points and the greatest goal difference. If that’s Man Utd then well done to them, if it’s you lot then well done to you. Stop blaming everyone else – you haven’t even lost it yet. What happens if Bolton beat you? Will you blame that on Birmingham for having a mathematical chance of still pipping them for survival?

  • Red Rupert // May 6, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    the envious drivel on here is utterly hilarious.

    Every time United play even mediocre teams like Citeh, West Ham, Bolton, Blackburn etc etc they play like their lives depend on it.

    Media on United’s side? That’s so silly it’s funny. That’s why they’re all putting pressure on West Ham and now Wigan to play. Don’t recall them doing likewise for Newcastle or Bolton. Can you imagine the outrage in the press if United had got a late penalty vs Chelsea after being wrongly flagged offside TWICE with one-on-ones on the goalie? Throw in the trip on Carrick that was a far more convincing pen than the one the Chav$ got. If United, as a club had behaved like Chav$ki over the past 4 years or so, or hd Arsenal’s appalling disciplinary record, they’d be playing Leeds, two divisions lower but they get away with it. Even the Obi Mikel affair, who was actually kidnapped by his agent under the Chav$ instructions was swept under the carpet in the media. John Terry and his antics gets away with murder. Mongs and Londoners. Give me a Mong anythime. United and Liverpool have been so far ahead of the lot of you you can’t hack it. Two real clubs who’ve earned their success the right way. Deal with it

  • Red Rupert // May 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    and just for a change, deal with it with some dignity if you know what that is.

  • Jimmy D // May 7, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Listen to all those whining about united getting it there way, what a load of bollocks, all year only 1 game have i seen a ref be on uniteds side, and 1 game we had a nutral ref which was fantastic, and the rest was a load of crap, we barely get free kicks outside the box, so Ronaldo has learned to take them from 30-35 out, good on ya son.

    And well lets not talk about media.. actually lets
    I have heard us called Champions once this year on live commantary, what a joke. they’ve recently been saying “Manchester United has to win there last 2 games” – WTF does Chav$ki not have to win there last 2, or are they already payed for, gimme a break and wake up we are hated by the majority everone is an ABU, that includes media and refs, we do what we do on our own, and we deserve to be recognised

  • ManU // May 7, 2008 at 8:21 am

    The refree has already got their share from the Russian in the match against Chelsea which MU lost by a controvesial panelty. I am not surprised in Russia they will do the same and win the European Cup.

  • FinePitch4Both // May 7, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Have we forgotten that regardless of the state of the ground, both teams must play in it together?

  • PAUL // May 8, 2008 at 9:07 am

    CHELSEA fans you make me laugh. First of all you probably never supported chelsea until abramovich took over, secondly where were you when tony cascarino was leading the line? Thirdly to say utd are favoured by FA IS A JOKE, need i remind you of Chelsea bribing refs for penalties?? need i remind you of chelsea’ drawing power in the fa cup, they always get the easy draw, likewise in champions league fenerbache etc etc.Their cheats drogba, a cole,j cole,mikel,ballack. Chelsea fans have comeout the closet and are delusioned, and in KK’s words, id love it if we beat you in both games, and send the frog into the backroom and bring in another disaster rikyaard.

  • Neutral // May 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Wigan gave Man U a fair game, but then Bruce decided enough was enough and made the very strategic choice to withdraw N’Zogbia on the left and bring on…

    Mido upfront?

    Not a decision he would have taken had they been facing a relegation battle. Thrown game, no. Poor coaching based on “who cares if United win.?” definitely.

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