TEAM NEWS: Valencia drops to the bench for Manchester United against Wigan

Antonio Valencia has dropped to the Manchester United bench, while Robin van Persie returns to the starting XI against Wigan.

The Dutchman came on as a substitute against West Brom at the weekend, and sealed the tie with a late goal, but comes in for Danny Welbeck.

Sir Alex Ferguson makes two changes in defence with Rafael Da Silva and Jonny Evans coming in for Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic, who both drop to the bench, while Shinji Kagawa is among the replacements, with Chicharito taking his place in the team.

Wigan make just one alteration to the side that beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the weekend, as James McArthur comes in for David Jones in midfield.

Wigan: Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Di Santo, Kone, Maloney
Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam, Golobart.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Young, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs; Van Persie, Chicharito.
Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Smalling, Vidic, Welbeck, Scholes, Kagawa.

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