• Date: Sat 27 March 2010
  • Venue: Reebok Stadium
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 25,370
0 - 4
Manchester United

Manchester United

Berbatov (69)

Berbatov (78)

Gibson (82)

Bolton Wanderers vs Manchester United

Team Lineups

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Jlloyd Samuel
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba
Tamir Cohen (Matt Taylor, 74)
Chung-Yong Lee
Jack Wilshere
Johan Elmander (Ivan Klasnic, 73)
Kevin Davies, K

Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar
Gary Neville
Patrice Evra
Nemanja Vidic
Jonny Evans, J
Ryan Giggs (Federico Macheda, 85)
Luis Carlos Nani
Paul Scholes (Michael Carrick, 74)
Darren Fletcher (Darron Gibson, 81)
Luis Antonio Valencia
Dimitar Berbatov

Match Report
Dimitar Berbatov grabbed a brace as Manchester United blazed their way back to the top of the table following a 4-0 rout of Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. Chelsea's 7-1 thumping of Aston Villa had momentarily knocked the champions off top spot. But Sir Alex Ferguson's side, chasing an historic fourth successive title, moved a point clear of Chelsea and four ahead of Arsenal with a convincing win. Jlloyd Samuel gave the Red devils a helping hand when he put through his on net on 38 minutes - the 11th time an opposition player has scored for United this season. And Berbatov, twice, and substitute Darron Gibson completed the rout. The Bulgaria striker was leading the line in the absence of Wayne Rooney, who was left out completely to rest a niggling knee injury ahead of United's Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich in Germany on Tuesday night. And he nearly opened the scoring but his instinctive volley was turned round the post by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Johan Elmander was then denied by a superb stop by Edwin van der Sar after Jack Wilshere slipped him in with a delightful pass, before the visitors took the lead in most bizarre fashions. Ryan Giggs' cross was just out of reach of Berbatov but Samuel, under no real pressure, drilled a low shot past a stunned Jaaskelainen. Bolton would have been level immediately but for another world-class save from van der Sar. Fabrice Muamba's shot was heading for the top corner when the Dutchman produced a miraculous save to tip over the midfielder's effort. United were clearly rattled and a furious Ferguson charged onto the pitch to remonstrate with referee Martin Atkinson as the half-time whistle went. The game opened up after the break but chances were at a premium until Jaaskelainen could only parry Darren Fletcher's drive and Berbatov pounced on 68 minutes. Berbatov then flicked home Nani low cross on 78 minutes before Gibson added a fourth after more good work from the Portuguese winger.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: Bolton 0-4 Man Utd. A clinical United beat Bolton by four goals with two from a classy Berbatov and Bolton were unable to resist.


Berbatov shoots from thrity yards but sends it high into the stands. He is brimming with confidence today.


Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.


Klasnic controls the ball inside the box and turns to shoot but the effort is deflected into the arms of Van der Sar.


Macheda picks up the ball and is allowed time to turn and pull the trigger but Knight makes a good block on the edge of his own area.


Macheda enters the fray as Giggs comes off.


BOLTON 0-4 MAN UTD. GIBSON nets the fourth within minutes of coming on. Berbatov picks up the ball on halfway and slides it to Nani who beats Ricketts all ends up before finding GIBSON who slots it home with the inside of his foot.


Gibson comes on for Fletcher. Fergie clearly has one eye on Bayern Munich in midweek.


BOLTON 0-3 MAN UTD. That's the game! Nani breaks into the box and twists and turns Muamba inside out before clipping the ball into BERBATOV who dinks the ball into the corner. A fine goal for United.


Scholes makes way for Carrick in Ferguson's first change of the day.


Elmander is replaced by crowd favorite Ivan Klasnic.


Cohen comes off and is replaced by Matt Taylor.


After all of Bolton's pressure they find themselves two behind. Wilshere delivers a corner from the right and Elmander meets it with a near post header but he sends it wide.


68 – BOLTON 0-2 MAN UTD. Giggs feeds the ball to Fletcher on the edge of the box but his shot is saved by Jaaskelainen. He can’t hold the venomous shot and Berbatov is on hand to steer the ball home to double the lead.


Bolton are pressing now and United need to retain possession better. Muamba's movement creates space for Elmander on the edge of the box but his shot is easily collected by Van der Sar.


Neville concedes a corner. The ball is angled into the far post and finds Ricketts but he can do no more than head it wide of the mark and United clear.


The game has opened up since the break and Nani's cross forces a great clearing punch from Jaaskelainen.


Cohen steals possession from Scholes and plays in Wilshere who crosses from the left hand side but the United back four stand firm and clear the danger.


Fletcher drills the ball into Berbatov who brings it under control with a beautiful first touch before slipping it square to Valencia. He plays it back to Fletcher to shoot but Jaaskelainen saves.


Elmander and Wilshere play a neat one two but as they look to continue their attack Nani tracks back and dispossesses the former.


Berbatov picks the ball up with his back to goal, holds off Muamba and plays a neat one-two with Scholes but slips as he tries to shoot and the chance slips away from the Bulgarian.


Zat Knight does well to turn and play his way out of a tight spot under pressure from Fletcher. He almost finds Lee to set up an attack but the ball rolls out of play.

Second half

The second period is underway with United up by 1.

Half time

Halftime: Bolton 0-1 Man Utd. The halftime whistle goes and Samuel's own goal is the difference after an entertaining first half.


Vidic fouls Davies on the edge of the box and Bolton have a free-kick, can they level the score? Cohen steps up to take but it hits the wall and the chance comes to nothing.


United will hope to get to half time with their lead intact and Bolton will be disappointed to have conceded just before the break.


Bolton look to hit back straight away as Wilshere finds Muamba who fires a rocket of a shot towards the top corner but is denied by more world class keeping from Van der Sar.


BOLTON 0-1 MAN UTD. Nani flicks the ball over his shoulder into the path of Giggs who drives the ball across the box and under pressure from Fletcher, SAMUEL turned it into his own net.


Neville and Valencia link up on the right hand side and the winger crosses from deep but he cannot pick out Berbatov or the runners from midfield.


Lee has the chance to drift a free-kick in from the right hand side and he picks out Cohen but he can only head wide of the mark.


Berbatov drifts away from the centre of the pitch and beats two players before sliding in Giggs in the left channel but the Welshman's shot flashes just wide of the upright.


Giggs plays an incisive pass of his own and almost puts Fletcher through but Knight races across to clear what looked like a dangerous situation.


Superb chance for Bolton! Wilshere plays a beautiful pass that disects the United back four and puts Elmander through one-on-one with Van der Sar but the keeper makes a stunning reflex save to deny the striker.


Bolton send it long again and Davies uses his height advantage to win the header against Evra and the flick on falls for Cohen but his shot is deflected wide.


Evra and Ricketts collide and both players need some treatment. The two players are fine now and play can resume.


United are dominating possession and win another corner thanks to Berbatov. Giggs finds Berbatov with the corner, he rolls it to Fletcher who tees-up Evans but the defender fires over from close range.


Nani wins a corner which he will deliver from the right. The corner is straight off the training ground and Scholes comes onto the ball in and smashes a volley goalwards but can't keep it down.


Paul Scholes hacks down Elmander in a trademakr 'Scholes tackle'. The referee awards a free-kick and gives Scholes a ticking off he has heard so many times before.


Ricketts delivers a long throw into the United area but Nemanja Vidic stands his ground and heads the ball out of the danger zone.


More neat interplay from Berbatov and Valencia and it allows them to feed in Fletcher but his strike from just outside the area is well blocked. The system United are playing today certainly suits Berbatov's style of play.


Zat Knight almost gifts Nani the ball when he plays a ball across his own area but the Portuguese player cannot reach the ball much to the relief of the home fans and Knight.


Berbatov picks the ball up and turns towards goal, he prods it beyond the defender and tries to run onto it but Jaaskelainen comes off his line to gather.


A superb flowing move from United involving Evra, Valencia, Scholes and Berbatov allows United to build an attacking platform but the final ball in from Valencia is a poor one.


Bolton go route one at their first opportunity and Elmander heads the ball down. Wilshere shows class with a deft turn and creates half a yard to shoot but his effort flies wide.


The game is underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Rooney does not feature for United despite Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that he hasn't got a knee problem. Berbatov will play up-front with Nani and Valencia supporting from wide. Giggs and Scholes play in midfield with Evans and Vidic in defence.

Awaiting Kickoff

Gary Cahill returns to the Bolton defence after a two month lay-off with a blood clot in his arm. Steinsson is suspended and does not feature. Wilshere, Muamba, Lee, Cohen and Davies will form the five man midfield with Elmander in attack.

Awaiting Kickoff

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Valencia, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov

Awaiting Kickoff

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Muamba, Lee, Cohen, Wilshere, Elmander, Kevin Davies

Awaiting Kickoff

Hello and welcome to the Reebok stadium where Bolton host a Manchester United side looking to move back to the top of the table. Bolton however, will have other ideas.