The nation's favourite

February 23, 2006
By Norman Hubbard
Sir Alex Ferguson has long fostered a siege mentality at Manchester United, fuelled by a feeling the majority want to see his team lose.

On Sunday, however, it will not just be the ABU (Anyone But United) brigade cheering on Wigan; many neutrals would see a first major trophy and a place in Europe as a fitting conclusion to the story of the season.

Wigan reached the 40-point barrier on Sunday. As manager Paul Jewell said, reaching 40 corners by the end of February surprised ...

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