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United back on top after Bolton win

Posted by united4ever2009 on October 18, 2009

Manchester United 2-1 Bolton

Zack Knight looks on helplessly as United took an early lead through an own goal by him

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will no doubt have been buoyed by Aston Villa’s 2-1 home win against league rivals Chelsea at Villa Park.

They began the game in true Old Trafford fashion and on 5 minutes they were rewarded for their early efforts when they took the lead thanks to a fortuitous own goal from centre back Zat Knight.

A cross into Michael Owen was headed into the Bolton defenders path and he was left helpless when the ball cannoned off him into the net to make it 1-0 to the Red Devils.

Just a minute later, Ryan Giggs produced some superb wing play to gift an opportunity to defender Johnny Evans, only for the centre back to head straight into Jaaskelainen arms with the goal gaping in front of him.

Manchester United continued to heap pressure on Gary Megson’s men who were struggling to cope with their rampant attacking play. Wave after wave of attacks left Bolton overwhelmed at The Theatre of Dreams.

On 13 minutes, Dimitar Berbatov connected with an Antonio Valencia cross, but his volleyed effort unfortunately deflected off Michael Owen to safety.

Having survived the barrage of attacks, Kevin Davies will be kicking himself for missing a guilt edged chance on 14 minutes. A superb cross from Matt Taylor was sent into the box only for the Bolton man to miss-time his jump and prod wide.

It was Matt Taylor’s turn to try and find an equaliser but he failed to produce a successful effort despite having three opportunities to do so in the space of three minutes.

A resulting counter attack on 33 minutes from Man Utd proved costly for Bolton as Antonio Valencia played a neat one-two with Gary Neville before smashing a right foot effort into the back of the net from 10 yards to make it 2-0.

It was the Ecuadorian’s first goal for the club and he fully deserved it after an impressive opening half hour.

The strike came as a huge blow to Bolton who were just starting to have an influence on the game.

In the second half, Bolton started to show a fighting spirit which was absent in the first half. Gary Megson clearly has a few choice words for his troops at half time.

Despite this, it was Michael Owen who carved out the half’s earliest opportunity when he latched onto a superb touch from Berbatov only to slice his effort wide.

On 55 minutes, Valencia was convinced that he should have been awarded a penalty, however, replays showed that J’Lloyd Samuel had got a toe on the ball and the referee made the correct decision.

Two minutes later, Berbatov again tried an acrobatic effort from another Valencia cross but this time he was denied by the quick witted Jaaskelainen.

With 15 minutes remaining Matt Taylor offered a glimmer of hope for the Bolton side when he beat Patrice Evra in the air at the back post following a good cross from Kevin Davies.

With the score now at 2-1, Bolton sensed the possibility of an equaliser and United seemed to be cautious going forward.

Gary Megson’s men were working harder than their opposition who were visibly concerned about conceding as Bolton began piling on the pressure.

The Trotters’ direct style of play was troubling United, and a flurry of long balls has Fergie’s men well and truly on the back foot.

Ivan Klasnic may feel he should have done better with his effort on 89 minutes, he was teed up by Kevin Davies on the edge of the United box only to see his effort gathered comfortably by Van Der Sar.

Then, with 92 minutes on the clock, Zat Knight failed to make amends for his early own goal when was unable connect appropriately to a header at the back post despite being unmarked and unchallenged.

Bolton’s misery was compiled in the 94th minute when Gary Cahill missed a fantastic opportunity from a long ball, the centre back could not supply the finishing touch as Bolton leave without any points despite a courageous second half performance.

Gary Megson should not be too disheartened by his sides defeat against the champions, although Fergie will be delighted to record the win which sees them leapfrog Chelsea as Premier League leaders.

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