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The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Javier Hernandez gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Tuncay Sanli produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken short by Oliveira Anderson.
The offside flag is raised against Javier Hernandez. Dedryk Boyata restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Close range header by Tuncay Sanli goes over the crossbar.
Ivan Klasnic leaves the field to be replaced by Tuncay Sanli.
Shot by Martin Petrov from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-5 Man Utd.Assist by Luis Nani.
David Ngog challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs.
Kevin Davies goes off and David Ngog comes on.
Darren Pratley takes a shot. David De Gea makes a comfortable save.
Ashley Young goes off and Ryan Giggs comes on. Darren Pratley on for Chris Eagles. Chris Smalling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Evans.
Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Patrice Evra gets a block in.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
Javier Hernandez gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-4 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Michael Carrick.
Short corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Nigel Reo-Coker gets a block in.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.
Short corner taken by Martin Petrov.
Martin Petrov takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Young.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Oliveira Anderson, save by David De Gea.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ivan Klasnic.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Dedryk Boyata concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from left wing, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Martin Petrov takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Oliveira Anderson.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.
Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, save by David De Gea.
Nigel Reo-Coker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Luis Nani misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Paul Robinson.
Centre by Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Patrice Evra challenges Chris Eagles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dedryk Boyata.
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Oliveira Anderson gets a block in.
Martin Petrov produces a cross, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Paul Robinson. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov.
The official flags Javier Hernandez offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-3 Man Utd.Assist by Phil Jones.
Tom Cleverley goes off and Michael Carrick comes on.
Ivan Klasnic sends in a cross, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Jonathan Evans, free kick awarded. David De Gea takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Phil Jones.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Mark Davies. Mark Davies is shown a yellow card. Phil Jones takes the direct free kick.
Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the goal.
Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.
Handball by Javier Hernandez. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Nigel Reo-Coker. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. The referee shows Kevin Davies a yellow card. Ashley Young crosses the ball in from the free kick, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken by Martin Petrov played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
Ashley Young has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot from just outside the box by Martin Petrov misses to the right of the goal.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
Javier Hernandez gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Man Utd.Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Martin Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Evans by Chris Eagles results in a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
Flying United run riot
Manchester United completed the best start to a Premier League season by smashing five goals past a helpless Bolton at the Reebok Stadium without reply.
Wayne Rooney scored his second successive hat-trick to take his personal tally to eight in four games, part of an overall team tally of 18, 13 of which have come in the last two matches.
Indeed, aside from Manchester City, Rooney has now scored more league goals on his own this season than any of the clubs attempting to keep pace with this unbelievable start, in which one city appears to have annexed the entire championship between them.
Javier Hernandez marked his first start of the season with two goals, although on a night when everyone in red played their part, it was a dazzling run from teenager Phil Jones to create Rooney's second which sparkled the most.
Indeed, the only downside for Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of another Champions League quest getting under way against Benfica on Wednesday was the suspected broken foot midfielder Tom Cleverley sustained in an early collision with Kevin Davies, and an injury to Jonny Evans.
Although he endorsed David de Gea on Friday, it was claimed Ferguson was having extreme doubts over whether to drop the 20-year-old into the maelstrom of the Reebok Stadium, even now Owen Coyle has smoothed off quite a lot of that infamous abrasive edge.
As it turned out, the United boss need not have worried.
It was first-half stoppage time before Bolton produced a cross that tested De Gea's mettle, by which time the visitors were three up, with the only doubt over victory concerning how many they would get.
Four minutes was all it took for United to rediscover the scoring form that devastated Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Nani danced down the right wing and when he flashed over a low cross, Hernandez left Gary Cahill standing with some exemplary movement before nicking the ball home at the near post.
Davies tried to lead by example but a crunching tackle on Cleverley, which led to the young midfielder's early exit and quite possibly a lengthy absence from the game, and an equally forceful challenge on Patrice Evra, which earned the veteran striker his 100th Premier League caution, brought Ferguson to his feet in fury.
The next time Ferguson was venting his frustration was at Hernandez, for showboating, by which time Rooney had taken centre stage.
Twelve months ago, the United forward was in the middle of his own personal hell. Now it is as though all that trouble never happened.
He took a leaf out of Hernandez's book when he netted a carbon copy of his strike partner's early effort.
Jones deserved much of the credit for the quick thinking that allowed him to retake possession after finding Nani with a throw, then fizz over a cross that Rooney tucked home.
It was evidence of Jones' intelligence. Minutes later, the teenager was showing off his skills.
Moved into a right-back role Chris Smalling performed so well in last month that it brought him two England caps, Jones began a gallop on halfway that took him weaving into the Bolton area.
Had he found a finish as well, the former Blackburn man would have been celebrating possibly the best goal he would score in his entire career, as well as the first.
Instead, Jussi Jaaskelainen played spoilsport, keeping the ball out with his foot but diverting it straight to Rooney, who stroked into the far corner.
Hernandez had another ruled out for offside before the half-time whistle blew but he wasn't to be denied for long.
After Jaaskelainen had produced an excellent save to deny Anderson, United again laid siege to the Bolton goal and when Michael Carrick's shot was deflected into Hernandez's path, the Mexican wasted no time in belting home.
It was hard not to feel sorry for Bolton, who at times were contributing well. However, they were trying to stop a team of perpetual motion, currently at the top of its game.
And Rooney is now as good as he was bad.
Another Nani cut-back, another unstoppable shot to the corner and the United man had bagged hat-tricks in consecutive games, following Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba in achieving that particular feat during the Premier League era.
Rooney almost set Hernandez up for his hat-trick goal and then the Mexican came within inches of providing Anderson with a tap-in.
It was all rather irrelevant given the final scoreline, with both Manchester clubs still to drop a point in what has already turned into a fascinating duel.
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