Bolton v Manchester United LIVE

26 September 2010 12:57
It's yet another north-west derby for Manchester United who head to Bolton looking to regain second spot and move to within a point of league leaders Chelsea. Owen Coyle's side are still without a home victory and can banish memories of the midweek defeat to fellow Lancashire rivals Burnley in the Carling Cup. So who will win out? Will it be finesse from man-of-the-moment Dimitar Berbatov or the industrial work-rate of Kevin Davies? We will bring you the answers with live coverage from the Reebok.


It finishes 2-2 at the Reebok. United will be disappointed with the result, but Bolton will beat some good teams this season playing like this. United move above Arsenal into second place, but Chelsea remain three points clear at the top. Stay tuned for more live Premier League action, with Molineux the next stop for Wolves v Aston Villa. Good day for now.

90 mins: We will have three added minutes here.

88 mins: Bolton having plenty of the ball here, and United's defence doesn't look convincing enough at times.

I've been impressed with Bolton here!Gary, Newcastle

84 mins: Elmander goes close to a winner for Bolton, latching onto a pass from Davies and firing a shot just wide of the post.

82 mins: Funny old game in a way. United have probably just been the better side, but Bolton look dangerous every time they come forward.

80 mins: Macheda feeds Scholes just outside the Bolton area, and the midfielder sets himself up before blasting just over the bar.

77 mins: Superb cross-field pass from Scholes to find Nani, who sets up a chance with a clever back heel and curls a stinging effort just wide of the post.

73 mins: GOAL!

Bolton 2 Manchester United 2

Superb header from Owen, glancing in a free-kick off the post and in. We have a grandstand finish here.

Delight: Owen celebrates his equaliser for United

70 mins: Michael Owen comes on for Darren Fletcher. You do feel this will be a blow for United to lose here after the results on Saturday.

66 mins: GOAL!

Bolton 2 Manchester United 1

Bolton back in front with a fine goal. A United corner is cleared, Chung-Yong Lee feeds Elmander on the edge of the box, who in turn feeds Petrov. The Bulgarian fires past Van der Sar, with an effort deflected in off Fletcher.

65 mins: Mark Davies comes on for Fabrice Muamba for the hosts.

63 mins: Fierce effort from Berbatov from the edge of the penalty area, and Jaaskelainen does well to parry behind for a corner.

61 mins: Rooney comes off, and Macheda is on to replace him.

60 mins: An hour played in this one now, and still anybody's game.

59 mins: Bolton manage to clear the corner easily enough, but United keep the ball until an offside flag is waved. Another of United's substitutes Federico Macheda is warming up now.

Nice one, son: Martin Petrov is congratulated by his manager Owen Coyle after scoring Botlon's second goal

58 mins: Some good work from Park on the left for United, and he wins a corner.

55 mins: Ji-Sung Park replaces Giggs for the visitors.

53 mins: Kevin Davies heads wide from a Bolton corner. Their manager Coyle is urging his troops to increase their efforts, perhaps sensing an upset could be on the cards.

51 mins: Giggs appears to be struggling with a niggling injury - the Welsh star is holding his hamstring.

49 mins: Nice effort from Petrov for the hosts - a blazing effort from 20 yards that flies just over the bar.

46 mins: We're under way. United start like they mean business and a decent cross into the area finds Rooney, but the ball comes to him unexpectedly quickly and he can only deflect the ball wide.

HALF-TIMEA very decent match this. United started badly but are very much the better side here. Plenty more action in this one. As they say on commercial television - see you after the break.

45 mins: There will be one added minute at the end of this first half.

44 mins: Elmander bursts forward and brushes aside Vidic, forcing Fletcher to run back and make a challenge, with the ball squirming behind for a corner.

Welsh wizard: Ryan Giggs crosses past Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson

40 mins: Lovely effort from Rooney, turning to fire just inches over the bar from 20 yards. Rooney seems much more like his old self today.

37 mins: Fabulous clearance form goalscorer Knight for the hosts, reacting quickest to deal with a Nani cross before Rooney can pounce on the far post.

34 mins: Sir Alex has been a pretty animated figure on the touchline in this first half. United fans are in pretty good voice too, even though they have just 3,000 supporters. They were prevented from having more due to their desire to stand up. Standing up at a football game - what a quaint idea.

Come on United, you need to up your game and it's there for the taking.Jim, Manchester

31 mins: Giggs is in a mile of space, but his cross is headed behind for a corner. Bolton clear that away, but United are starting to take control here.

28 mins: United are starting to pass the ball around nicely. They appear to have been settled by that Nani strike.

25 mins: This is actually a very enjoyable match at the Reebok. I'm sure there will be more goals.

22 mins GOAL!

Bolton 1 Manchester United 1

A simply superb goal from Nani. He ghosts past three of four defenders before firing the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Super strike: Nani fires home United's equaliser

17 mins: It is so nearly 2-0. A free-kick is flicked on and Edwin van Der Sar scrambles to save as Johan Elmander just fails to make connection.

16 mins: Rooney shoots very weakly at the goalkeeper. United need to up their game here.

14 mins: Plenty of space here for both sides. If this finishes 1-0, I'll buy lunch for my three colleagues at work today.

12 mins: Rooney punches the ball away in frustration as Berbatov catches him just offisde. After looking at the replay, I'm not sure he was offside.

9 mins: Ryan Giggs should equalise for United. He's in plenty of space from Darren Fletcher's low cross but shoots straight at the keeper.

6 mins: GOAL!

Bolton 1 Manchester United 0

A corner is floated in and Zat Knight cleverly deflects the ball into the corner of the net. What a start for the hosts.

What a start: Zat Knight flicks home Bolt's early goal at the Reebok

3 mins A cross from Ryan Giggs is headed behind by Michael Ricketts for a corner. Bolton manage to clear the corner easily enough.

2 mins United look bright early on, and Wayne Rooney cleverly plays in Dimitar Berbatov on the right. The Bulgarian is in some space, but hurriedly shoots high and wide.

12.00: We're under way at the Reebok.

11.56: The teams are making their way onto the pitch at the Reebok for the midday kick-off. We'll soon be under with this one.

11.50: Bolton for their part have six points from their five games, but had a disappointing result against Owen Coyle's old club Burnley in midweek.

11.47: United should win this, but I won't be watching if they have a lead in the final minute!John, Glasgow

11.45: Come on Bolton!Gary, Birmingham

11.40: United have had a strange old season so far. They were poor against Rangers in the European Cup, but probably should have won every other match. They let late leads go at Fulham and Everton of course, and Sir Alex will be anxious for victory today after Chelsea's slip-up.

11.37: Rio Ferdinand is a surprise absentee for United. The defender hasn't even made the bench. As expected, Jussi Jaaskelainen has returned from suspension for Bolton.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies.Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Alonso.

Manchester Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov.Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Macheda.

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

11.30: Sorry, is anyone wondering whether I out my neck on the line and tipped a title winner before the season? I did, and I tipped Manchester United. And I'm going to stick by that, I'll have you know.

11.28: We'll have live coverage for you later of Wolves v Aston Villa and Newcastle v Stoke, but first it's Bolton v Manchester United.

11.25: Even for those of us that don't wave the Premier League flag on a regular basis, I have to admit Saturday's events were rather dramatic. There was Chelsea losing their 100 per cent record, Arsenal's very surprising defeat at home to West Brom, and the continuing travails of Liverpool. I wonder what today has in store.

11.20: Good Morning. My old friend autumn is definitely with us today. It's frankly rather chilly in Blighty.

Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Bolton v Manchester United from the Reebok.

Chelsea and Arsenal both slipped up on Saturday and Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to take advantage in this north-west derby.

United's record against the Trotters is excellent but Sir Alex will be aware that he lost to a side managed by Owen Coyle last year -  when the Bolton boss was in charge at Burnley.

There are certain to be plenty of changes following the 11 Ferguson made for the Carling Cup clash with Scunthorpe.

Jussi Jaaskelainen is available to return for Bolton following his suspension but Gary Cahill will serve one more game on the sidelines.

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