Man City 'need' to win the FA Cup, says Wigan's Paul Scharner

FA Cup final: Manchester City v Wigan

Venue:
Wembley
Date:
Saturday 11 May
Kick-off:
17:15 BST
Coverage:
Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Radio Manchester

Wigan defender Paul Scharner believes Manchester City's desperation to win a trophy could work against them at the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Roberto Mancini's City saw neighbours United

But they are strong favourites to beat the Latics, who are at Wembley.

"Manchester City need to win because it's their only chance to get some silverware," the 33-year-old Austrian told BBC Radio Manchester.

Wigan are currently - they are three points from safety with two fixtures remaining - but produced one of their best performances of late in a on 17 April.

"After the last game against Manchester City, we can be very confident of getting something out of the game," added Scharner, who in January.

"The final is a one-off game and it's a completely different pressure. The main thing is to be confident and to get rid of the respect. The main enemy for a footballer when you play a game is to have too much respect for your opponents, just because they are Manchester City and they have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on players in the last few years."

Scharner and veteran goalkeeper Mike Pollitt are the only two survivors from the squad that lost to Manchester United in the 2006 League Cup final in Cardiff - Wigan's only previous appearance in a major final.

Former West Brom defender Scharner was so disappointed by that defeat that he threw his runners-up medal into the Latics crowd at the end of the game.

After confirming that he expects to return to the Bundesliga at the end of the season, the defender is hopeful of ending his second spell at the DW Stadium by claiming an FA Cup winner's medal.

"I was so angry that we lost, but to be honest, Manchester United were on a high," said Scharner. "Cristiano Ronaldo was on a very good spell and it would have been very difficult to get something from that game.

"I got a response from the fan who caught the medal a couple of months later and it was really nice to read the card. I think he's happier with the medal than me!

"I won the cup in Austria [with Austria Vienna] and in Norway [with Brann Bergen]. England is my third country and it would be a perfect thing to win it in England as well."

Scharner, who was the first player to reach a century of Premier League appearances for Wigan, has developed a cult following among Latics supporters.

A lover of billiards and classical music, he has created as many headlines about his ever-changing hairstyles and his wacky dress sense as his accomplishments on the pitch.

He said: "Football is not just about the football on the pitch. In football, especially as a player, there is more interest in you from the media and the public.

"I don't have scandals and I don't fight in bars, so I decided the simplest way to get some attention was coloured hair. The first time I did it was when I was 22, and since then I've had about 12 different haircuts and colours.

"It's something people can talk about and smile about. Football is entertaining and people pay a lot of money to see us playing on the pitch, so you have to give something back."

Ian Cheeseman's "In The Spotlight" interview with Paul Scharner is available online until Saturday, 11 May.