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  • 10 September 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Macron Stadium, Bolton
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 25944

Live Commentary

  • FULL-TIME! BOLTON 0-5 MANCHESTER UNITED! Another impressive performance from Manchester United sees them overtake rivals Manchester City and move back to the top of the Premier League. Javier Hernandez grabbed a brace on his return to the starting line-up, but it’s Wayne Rooney who will grab the headlines once again - the striker scoring his second successive hat-trick. Hope you enjoyed our coverage - thanks for joining us, and be sure to stick around on for all the post-match reaction from both sides.
  • 90' + 2'
    Nani cuts inside from the left past Dedryck Boyata and lets fly with a right-footed shot which looks to be going just wide. But Javier Hernandez gets in the way of it, deflecting the ball wide of the opposite corner of the Bolton goal.
  • 90'
    Three minutes added on at the Reebok Stadium…
  • 88'
    Martin Petrov shows a glimpse of quality for Bolton by beating his man down the left wing before whipping the ball in to Tuncay, whose volley from the far post bobbles wide of the goal.
  • 86'
    Almost a sixth for Manchester United! Javier Hernandez receives the ball on the left side of the Bolton area from Nani, but after being caught in two minds whether to square the ball for Anderson or go for goal himself, the striker does a bit of both and the ball rolls wide of the far post.
  • 84'
    Moments after Tuncay has an effort from the edge of the area saved by David de Gea, Manchester United break and get forward in numbers in search of a sixth goal. However, the move breaks down as Javier Hernandez is ruled offside.
  • 82'
    Patrice Evra is back on the pitch and okay to continue after receiving treatment following that challenge with Darren Pratley.
  • 80'
    Javier Hernandez breaks forward through the centre of the pitch and looks to run at the heart of the Bolton defence. But a number of white shirts gather to close him down and win back possession. It’s been a perfect return to the starting line-up for the Mexican, but Dimitar Berbatov must surely be heading for the exit door after being left on the bench once again by Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • 78'
    Patrice Evra looks to be in quite some pain after coming off worse in a challenge with Darren Pratley. The Frenchman hobbles off the pitch to receive treatment from the Manchester United medical staff.
  • 76'
    Tuncay goes close for Bolton with a header at the far post following a left-wing Martin Petrov cross. If the hosts are going to get a goal back in this game, Petrov will almost certainly play a part in it. The Bulgarian has been the only player to come out of this game with any credit for the Trotters.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionIvan Klasnic Tuncay Şanlı
  • 74'
    Owen Coyle makes his final change of the game as Tuncay replaces Ivan Klasnic.
  • 72'
    Two half-chances for Martin Petrov in the last couple of minutes - the Bulgarian seeing his cross from the left looping onto the top of David de Gea’s net, before drilling an effort over the bar.
  • 70'
    Manchester United could make it six as Javier Hernandez looks to reach a cross from the left wing. But the Mexican, who is again left in acres of space inside the area, can’t get on the end of it.
  • 68'
    Assist Nani
  • 68'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 68'
    GOAL!! Boy, am I glad Wayne Rooney is the captain of my fantasy team? The striker grabs his third and Manchester United fifth after firing the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area. Nani was the architect after racing down the right wing before setting up his team-mate, but again, he was allowed far too much space.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionKevin Davies David N'Gog
  • 66'
    Another change for Bolton now as captain Kevin Davies is replaced by new signing David Ngog.
  • 64'
    Greg Stobart reports from the Reebok Stadium: “As the sky above the Reebok Stadium darkens, so too does Bolton's afternoon as Javier Hernandez turns in his second of the afternoon. The atmosphere has been understandably flat off the pitch today and there is a feeling now that both sides are going through the motions, with United well aware they have an important Champions League game at Benfica on Tuesday night.”
  • 62'
    SubstitutionJonny Evans Chris Smalling
  • 62'
    On come Chris Smalling and Ryan Giggs in the place of Jonny Evans and Ashley Young for Manchester United, while Darren Pratley replaces Chris Eagles for Bolton.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionChris Eagles Darren Pratley
  • 61'
    SubstitutionAshley Young Ryan Giggs
  • 61'
    Great response from Bolton as Nigel Reo-Coker fires the ball off David de Gea’s crossbar shortly after the hosts kick off. And now it’s time for a few changes…
  • 59'
    GOAL!! Surely this can’t get any worse for Bolton?! Sorry Bolton fans, but this has to be one of the worst defensive performances I’ve seen for quite some time - well, since Arsenal a fortnight ago. Nani is allowed the freedom of the Reebok Stadium to run at the heart of the Trotters defence, before the ball eventually breaks to Javier Hernandez, who slots home his second of the match.
  • 58'
    Goal Javier Hernández
  • 58'
    Chaos at the back for Bolton! David de Gea causes problems for the hosts’ defence with a huge kick downfield, with Javier Hernandez and Nani both nearly benefiting from more crazy goalkeeping from Jussi Jaaskelainen! But as Nani looks to make it 4-0, a white shirt gets back to clear the danger. This Bolton defence have had a shocker today.
  • 56'
    Martin Petrov is next with a chance for Bolton, who have certainly improved after the break, but his fierce left-footed strike from the edge of the area sails just over David de Gea’s crossbar.
  • 54'
    Nani finds Ashley Young just inside the Bolton area with a clever reverse pass. Young then dribbles the ball out wide to the right before being brought down, presenting Anderson with a chance to whip a cross into the area. He does just that, but his left-footed delivery is well saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, who pushes the ball away for another Manchester United corner.
  • 52'
    Oh dear, what’s happened to Jussi Jaaskelainen?! The usually unflappable goalkeeper makes a mess of a cross from the right and can only parry the ball out of play for a corner, which is dealt with by the Bolton defence.
  • 51'
    Dedryck Boyata gives away a free kick after blocking the run of Ashley Young down the Manchester United left. Nani whips a cross into the box with pace from the resulting free kick, but Jussi Jaaskelainen is there to punch clear - albeit very uncertainly.
  • 50'
    Another early chance for Bolton in this second half. Kevin Davies rises highest in the area to meet Chris Eagles’ cross from the right wing, but his header is weak and straight at David de Gea in the Manchester United goal.
  • 49'
    Ivan Klasnic picks up possession 25 yards out, and with two red shirts ready to close him down, he takes his shot on early - only for his left-footed effort to be comfortably saved by David de Gea.
  • 48'
    Wayne Rooney looks to set up Nani on the right wing with an ambitious pass after a good spell of possession for the visitors. But Paul Robinson gets in front of the Portugal international to header the ball back to Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 46'
    Bolton kick us off for the second half. No changes at the break from either side.
  • Greg Stobart reports from the Reebok Stadium: “That first half could hardly have gone any better for Manchester United. Some brilliant football in the final third – with a helping hand from the generous Bolton defence – saw them go 3-0 up inside the first 25 minutes and they have been in cruise control since then. To Bolton's credit, they got their act together and put on a fight in the final 15 minutes of the half but this game is all but over and the home players can have few complaints about being booed off the pitch at half-time. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones and Anderson have caught the eye in particular for United and they could pile on the misery if they go for the jugular after the break.”
  • HALF-TIME! BOLTON 0-3 MANCHESTER UNITED! An excellent first half for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, who take a deserved 3-0 lead into the break after an early goal from Javier Hernandez and a brace from Wayne Rooney. But Bolton have been incredibly poor defensively - especially for Rooney’s first goal - and could have been 4-0 down had Hernandez not been offside when he looked to have grabbed his second goal.
  • 45' + 4'
    David de Gea is forced into action after a Martin Petrov corner from the right, but there’s no pressure whatsoever on the Manchester United goalkeeper as he punches clear from the edge of his six-yard box.
  • 45' + 3'
    Nani makes an instant impact after returning to the pitch, but after cutting inside from the right past Paul Robinson inside the area, the Manchester United man wastes a decent opportunity by dragging his left-footed shot into the side-netting.
  • 45' + 1'
    We’ll have four minutes of added time at the Reebok Stadium…
  • 45'
    Poor communication between Nani and Phil Jones, there. The incident was easily avoidable. Nani gets what looks like a full tub of Vaseline rubbed on the back of his head and waits on the sideline before the referee allows him to return to the pitch.
  • 43'
    Mark Davies passes the ball out of play so Nani can receive treatment from the Manchester United medical staff after a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Phil Jones. The winger is still down at the moment, but it looks at this stage that he will be fine to continue.
  • 41'
    Javier Hernandez is again involved now as he attempts to knock the ball past Dedryck Boyata down the left, but the man on loan from Manchester City stays strong to intercept and help his side win back possession. Not a great start to life at the Reebok for the Belgian, who’s playing in an unfamiliar right-back position today.
  • 39'
    Javier Hernandez latches on to an Ashley Young cross at the far post after a spell of Manchester United dominance, but can only header his effort wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen’s goal.
  • 37'
    In fairness to Bolton, they have improved in the last few minutes. But Manchester United are still much the better team and are fully deserving of their three-goal lead.
  • 35'
    And what must Gary Cahill think of all this? He could be playing for one of the Premier League’s ‘elite’ clubs - as Owen Coyle keeps calling them - and looking forward to a Champions League tie in a few days, but instead he’s trying to lead a Bolton back line that can’t seem to stop shipping goals.
  • 33'
    Paul Robinson shows us what he does best for the second time in the game, clattering Phil Jones to ground with another unnecessary challenge. Owen Coyle must be furious with his players, who, for the second home game in a row, have been second best by some distance.
  • 31'
    Bolton have a rare chance to pull a goal back, as Kevin Davies looks to take on a first-time shot following a ball in from the left. But the off-balance Bolton captain can’t connect with the ball, and the move breaks down.
  • 29'
    Greg Stobart reports from the Reebok Stadium: “‘We want 10’ chant the visiting Manchester United fans, shortly followed by ‘Are you Arsenal in disguise?’ The visitors are rampant here and Bolton looks utterly shell-shocked as United launch wave after wave of attack. They are making it look like they can score at will, it's so easy.”
  • 28'
    Manchester United continue to dominate and could so easily be 4-0 up. Nani’s right-wing cross finds Javier Hernandez inside the Bolton area, and the Mexican finds the net - only for the goal to be correctly ruled out for offside.
  • 25'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 25'
    GOAL!! So, so easy for Manchester United!! Wayne Rooney gets his second of the afternoon, but this goal is all about Phil Jones. The youngster races forward brilliantly into the area after a neat one-two with Nani before the ball falls at the feet of the unmarked Rooney 10 yards out. The England striker then makes no mistake, tucking the ball into the corner of the goal. It’s all United!
  • 24'
    Greg Stobart reports from the Reebok Stadium: “You can almost hear the Manchester United fans turning to each other and wondering whether they could score eight goals again this week. To be honest, they have got a chance if Bolton continue to defend like that. Phil Jones whipped in a lovely cross but not one of the Bolton defenders reacted and Wayne Rooney was able to steal in to double the visitors' advantage.”
  • 22'
    Moments before Manchester United’s second goal, Ivan Klasnic stung the palms of David de Gea, who was forced to dive across to his right to parry the ball away, while Mark Davies picked up a booking for a cynical foul on Nani.
  • 20'
    Assist Phil Jones
  • 20'
    Yellow Card Mark Davies
  • 20'
    Goal Wayne Rooney
  • 20'
    GOAL!! Two-nil to Manchester United - and this is as simple as it gets! Phil Jones plays a one-two with Nani after a United throw-in down the right, and the youngster then picks out Wayne Rooney inside the Bolton area. The England international holds off the challenge of his markers far too easily and pokes the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen to double his side’s lead.
  • 18'
    Chris Eagles looks to test the under-fire David de Gea in the Manchester United goal with an ambitious effort from long range, but the midfielder’s effort is poor and the ball rolls wide of the Spaniard’s right-hand post.
  • 16'
    Greg Stobart reports from the Reebok Stadium: “Sir Alex Ferguson is not happy with the way Bolton – in particular Kevin Davies – are approaching this game. The Bolton captain ended Tom Cleverley's afternoon with a rash tackle and he has now been booked following a late challenge on Patrice Evra. Fergie is making is clear to the fourth official that he thinks the hosts have been going in too strongly on his players during a breakneck opening to this game.”
  • 14'
    Oh dear, Kevin Davies - that’s one way to keep up your poor reputation. The no-nonsense forward goes into the referee’s book after going in very, very late on Patrice Evra.
  • 13'
    Yellow Card Kevin Davies
  • 12'
    Bolton have responded well to going a goal down. Twice they’ve had success down the right-hand side, with the hosts forcing a corner on the second occasion, only for a red shirt to head Martin Petrov’s cross away.
  • 10'
    An early - and not surprising - change for Manchester United, with Michael Carrick replacing Tom Cleverley.
  • 9'
    Worth mentioning that moments before that Javier Hernandez goal, Tom Cleverley was on the receiving end of a nasty challenge from Kevin Davies. No malice in the challenge from the Bolton skipper, but the Manchester United midfielder was in serious pain and had to leave the field.
  • 8'
    SubstitutionTom Cleverley Michael Carrick
  • 8'
    SO CLOSE! Bolton go straight down the other end following Javier Hernandez’s goal and twice have efforts cleared off the line. Wayne Rooney is the hero for Manchester United, clearing from Chris Eagles after Jonny Evans blocked Ivan Klasnic’s effort.
  • 6'
    GOAL!! That didn’t take long! Javier Hernandez makes an instant impact on his return to the starting line-up, getting on the end of Nani’s right-wing cross to guide the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen at his near post. Superb start for the Mexican.
  • 5'
    Assist Nani
  • 5'
    Goal Javier Hernández
  • 5'
    Phil Jones looks in pain as the tough-tackling Paul Robinson catches the shin of the Manchester United youngster when going in for a challenge. After initially staying down, he’s now back on his feet and seems fine to continue.
  • 3'
    Chris Eagles looks to race onto a Martin Petrov header down the right wing, but the former Manchester United man gives away a foul as he aims to win the ball and the visitors earn a free kick.
  • 1'
    Manchester United get us under way at the Reebok Stadium.
  • Here are some more pre-match words from Greg: Bolton signed eight players over the transfer window but their most important business of the summer was keeping hold of Gary Cahill despite interest from bigger clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham. Owen Coyle has used his programme notes to explain why Cahill is still at the Reebok Stadium and the Bolton boss will be looking to the England defender to be at his best if his side are going to take anything from today's game. He writes: “I was under no pressure to sell Gary, and no-one submitted any written bids that matched my valuation of him. “Since I came to the club Gary has been outstanding for me. Not only is he a talented player but he is a top class individual. Gary has been great for Bolton Wanderers but any deal has to be right for both parties. “He has gained gained his international recognition because of his club form for Bolton and he knows that he has to keep performing at that level because in my teams you have to earn your place in the starting eleven and then maintain those standards to keep hold of the shirt. “Manchester United have shown their intentions in the first three games of the season, but when we are at our best we can compete with the elite clubs in this division.”
  • Here's a quick update from our man at the Reebok stadium, Greg Stobart: As dark clouds hover over the Reebok Stadium, the Manchester United players complete their warm up exercises with some one-touch passing routines. The Premier League title holders have started the season in stunning in no small part due to their quick and energetic passing in the final third. After rivals Manchester City swept aside Wigan earlier this afternoon, Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be looking to put on a show here. They have brought with them an army of 7,000 expectant fans who fill three-quarters of the stand behind the goal to my right and are already in fine singing voice.
  • Manchester United line up as follows: Man Utd: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra,; Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, Chicharito. Subs: Lindegaard, Fabio, Smalling, Carrick, Park, Giggs, Berbatov
  • The Bolton team for this evening is: Jaaskelainen; Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Eagles, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov; Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Muamba, Tuncay, Pratley, Ngog, Kakuta, Wheater
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