United are long odds-on at 1.25 to beat Wigan at Old Trafford this weekend, and if the stats are anything to go by they should do just that and register a comfortable victory.

The Red Devils had won all 14 meetings in all competitions with the Latics prior to their defeat in April last season, and the visitors have also failed to score in 8 of their last 10 league games against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

Throw in the fact United have won 36 and lost just two of their last 41 Premier League games at Old Trafford and have dropped just two of the last 30 points available on home soil and you can see why they are worthy favourites to get the job done.

One interesting fact is that United have conceded first in all of their games so far this season, but it’s hard to see that continuing in this encounter.

Indeed, the  best looks Robin van Persie to score first at 4.33 with bet365 providing he makes the starting XI having limped off after 45 minutes for Holland on Tuesday.

The Dutchman has looked really at home in a United shirt and quickly resumed his goalscoring exploits – netting four times from just six shots.

He has now netted 52 times in his last 28 Premier League games, and he managed to score a hat-trick for Arsenal against Wigan in January 2011.

bet365 and Betfred go a 13 about him repeating that feat, and you can also get 1.73 about him netting anytime with bet365 which looks tremendous value given that he is as short as 1.33 in a place.

Also, given that Wigan have failed to score in their last 10 games against United the 2.1 on offer with Paddy Power about Sir Alex’s side winning to nil also looks worthy of serious consideration from a punting perspective.

If RVP does start then I can see United winning this in emphatic fashion.

I like the look of 4-0 and 5-0, and those outcomes can be backed at 13 and 23 with bet365.