Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
5.15pm, Saturday 11 May 2013
Live on ITV & ESPN
Winning club receives £1.8m and runner-up £900,000
Buy the official match programme online here
Download the digital match programme via Apple Newsstand
In the summer of 2011, towards the end of his second spell at Celtic Park, Shaun Maloney was tired of being plagued by a succession of injuries and no longer enjoying his football.
The 30-year-old Scottish international found salvation with a move to Wigan Athletic on the final day of the summer transfer window, and in the last two seasons he has once more rediscovered his form.
The skilful and creative attacking midfielder has become one of Latics most important players – he was their Man of the Match against Millwall in The Semi-Final at Wembley last month, and says he's enjoying playing for Roberto Martínez, especially during this season's FA Cup run.
“We’ve loved it because we‘ve been winning games, and winning helps breed confidence,” says Maloney in the official FA Cup Final match programme.
“That 3-0 win at Everton in the quarters was a great example. At the start, the manager used youngsters in The Cup, but as we’ve progressed he has used more experience and we’ve really enjoyed it.”
"[The manager] can be hard, but he earns the player’s respect because he is so passionate about the game.
“Any player would love his system and style of football. It gets you up in the morning excited about playing for him and going in to training. I really have learned a lot from him.”
Latics now face Manchester City in The Final, and though Maloney acknowledges they are the underdogs, he believes they can cause an upset and win The Cup for the first time in their history.
“Yes, of course City are the stronger team, but on any given day we can compete with anyone. If we get our work-rate and attitude right we’ll do well.
“We have to nullify their threat and try to impose our own style, which I think we can do. They have a team full of great players and not many weaknesses, so we have to turn up with our best game."
He added: "It would be a wonderful moment for me, but, more than that, it would mean so much to the club,” he says. “If you look at the size of the club and the town it would be amazing.
"Getting to The Final is special, but to win it would be the greatest day in Wigan’s history.”
The official Cup Final programme features the full interview with Shaun Maloney and will be available to buy on match day around Wembley Stadium and online here. Fans can also download the full digital version straight to their devices via the Apple Newsstand, click here to get the app.
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