Boyce eyes United upset
Wigan's Emmerson Boyce has set his sights on claiming three points against league leaders Man Utd.
Last Updated: 23/02/11 3:05pm
Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce has set his sights on claiming three points against Premier League leaders Manchester United on Saturday.
The Latics' right-back is fighting to prove his fitness in time for the DW Stadium clash after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring problem that sidelined him for two months earlier in the season.
Wigan go into the game third bottom, a point from safety in a congested Premier League table, and have lost all 12 meetings with United.
A surprise win would therefore be a major boost for Roberto Martinez's men as they aim to remain in the top flight for a seventh straight season.
And after bottom club Wolves beat United earlier this month, Boyce sees no reason why the Latics can not repeat the feat.
"You just have to look at the table, there's only a couple of wins between sides in the bottom three and teams in the top half," Boyce told the Evening Post. "Hopefully we can start to bring a few teams who thought they were safe back into it.
"Look at Everton - they are only three points above us, and no-one has even mentioned them as possible relegation candidates.
"It's going to be a fascinating end to the season and it's going to go right to the wire.
"Games like Manchester United are the games you want to play in and are great occasions to experience.
"Wolves showed a couple of weeks ago that United can be beaten, and we fancy our chances of doing the same."
Wigan beat Blackburn 4-3 earlier that day but refused to let the Wolves win dampen their spirit.
The Latics came from behind to earn a point at Liverpool the following week, showing once again that even relegation contenders can take points off the big boys if they are on their game.
"You can only concentrate on your own game - there's nothing you can do about other results," Boyce added.
"When we beat Blackburn, which was a great win, some of the shine was taken off when Wolves beat United. But it shows that the Premier League is so tight and finely balanced, that literally anyone can beat anyone on a given day.
"People probably won't fancy us to get anything off United, but Wolves picked up a bonus three points and we need to take heart from that. Anything, even a point, would be a massive boost for our survival chances."