Game: Bolton Vs Manchester United
Venue: Reebok Stadium, Manchester
Competition : League Match
Hello peeps. Hope the weekend was fun for y’all? Well Liverpool fans especially my Oga (Ty of tooxclusive.com) would rather be upset after losing to Stoke City on Saturday. If you look closely you will notice my smile on this blog. Yes my boys were on fire.
The game against Bolton is a derby of some sort because they (The Trotters) are situated in Manchester. The game had in attendance the biggest Bolton fan in the world going by the name of Amir Khan (A British boxer). He sure left the stadium unhappy. Anyway few people would have bet in favour of an upset against the Red Devils. The only reason I felt bad for Bolton was because one of their top performers of last season (Stu Holden) didn’t play and this was due to the two-footed tackle he got from Man Utd’s Johny Evans. He broke a leg which has ruled him out of football till October or November.
As always I was confident of this particular fixture as the Trotters have beaten Man Utd only once since 2007. Though they had a good game against United in September where there Red Devils struggled to earn a point thanks to a late Michael Owen equaliser. In all fairness, Manager Owen Coyle has really made this Bolton side play some exciting football. They started the season well but have not managed a victory since their opening day win over new comers QPR, losing to Manchester City, Liverpool in their other league games and also losing to Macclesfield in the League cup. A very poor form to have against the defending Champions of the EPL.
Bolton fielded their best possible side though they sold their top scorer (Johan Elmander) of the previous season to Galatasaray in Turkey but managed to hold on to star defender Gary Cahill (only time will tell if he would be loyal enough to remain with the team). The first XI of the The Whites had experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Boyata, Eagles, Petrov, Matt Davies, Reo-Coker, Kevin Davies and Klasnic. The only injury worry Sir Alex had going into the game was Danny Welbeck and Nemanja Vidic as Rio Ferdinand and Antonio Valencia were available for selection though Valencia didn’t make even the subs list. Dejo or is it De Gea started in goal for Man Utd (and I had my usual fear) with Evra, Jones, Rio, Evans, Anderson, Nani, Young, Cleverly, Chicharito and Rooney making up the starting line up for United.
The game started with both sides trying to break each other but United looked like the more purposeful side creating the better chances. In the 5th minute United took the lead through Chicharito. He was his usual bubbly self, always behind the defender’s shoulder. Prior to the goal, Cleverly had been injured by Bolton Skipper Kevin Davies. Bolton almost equalised but Rooney was on hand to make a clearance off the goal line. An impressive save by Dejo in the 18th minute from a Klasnic shot brought the already relaxing United side back to life with Rooney scoring the 2nd goal for the Red Devils about 60 seconds later. Confidence level of the boys rose and they were cruising. Rooney got his 2nd goal of the game in the 24th minute and this time Cleverly had been replaced by Michael Carrick. United took total control of the game and finished the 1st half 3 nil.
The 2nd half started with United dominating again and in the 58th minute Chicharito grabbed his 2nd of the game. Johnny Evans picked up a knock and was replaced by Chris Smalling in the 61st minute. Ryan Giggs also came on for Ashley Young . The game wore on and it was a competition between Rooney and Hernandez on who will get the hatrick 1st. Rooney however did, scoring his 3rd of the game putting him on course of taking his 2nd consecutive match ball home. I however noticed once upon a time pacy winger (Ryan Giggs) could no longer keep up with the pace of Man Utd’s counter attacks. He slowed the boys down during a well started counter attack move in the 72nd minute. From an objective point of view, though the season is still young but Sir Alex is proving to be the best manager around because it is not an easy feat to improve a Championship winning side, however it is pertinent to note that injury to Wayne Rooney or loss of form will hurt Man Utd more than if our noisy neighbours (Man City) lose a Tevez or Aguero. Only time will tell.
My man of the match was Wayne Rooney but I will also praise the efforts of Phil Jones, Anderson and Dejo (De Gea).
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