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(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ivan Klasnic coming on for Fabrice Muamba.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Dimitar Berbatov grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Bolton.Luis Nani produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Luis Nani has a drilled shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Martin Petrov produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Paul Robinson challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani from right channel, clearance by Gary Cahill. Corner from left by-line crossed in by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Kevin Davies.
Centre by Kevin Davies, blocked by Ryan Giggs.
The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post.
Jonathan Evans receives a red card. Matthew Taylor replaces Stuart Holden. Foul by Jonathan Evans on Stuart Holden, free kick awarded. Johan Elmander fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the right-hand post.
Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Valencia. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, David Wheater makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the indirect free kick.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Luis Nani, clearance by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Chung-Yong Lee results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Martin Petrov crosses the ball.
Centre by Antonio Valencia, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
Martin Petrov delivers a outswinging corner to far post.
Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line played to the near post. Chung-Yong Lee is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sturridge.
Shot from just outside the box by Luis Nani goes over the crossbar.
Effort from 25 yards by Luis Nani. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Kevin Davies challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.
Foul by Johan Elmander on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Fabio Da Silva, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, clearance by David Wheater.
The ball is crossed by Fabio Da Silva, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Johan Elmander, clearance by Fabio Da Silva. Shot by Fabrice Muamba from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Stuart Holden.
Dimitar Berbatov comes on in place of Javier Hernandez. Wes Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Fabio Da Silva.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Stuart Holden. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Ryan Giggs, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov, blocked by Chris Smalling.
Effort on goal by Fabrice Muamba from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Martin Petrov takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Patrice Evra. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Giggs. Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line to the near post, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
Stuart Holden challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Wayne Rooney. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov, Wayne Rooney makes a clearance. Stuart Holden takes a inswinging corner.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson sends in a cross, clearance by Wes Brown. Stuart Holden takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Chris Smalling.
Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Javier Hernandez has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
A cross is delivered by Wes Brown.
The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson, Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Patrice Evra.
Antonio Valencia is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Luis Nani. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Wes Brown gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a fantastic save.
Stuart Holden challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance by Gary Cahill. Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
Stuart Holden fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Paul Robinson, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, Wes Brown gets a block in.
Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Strike on goal comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick. Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Sturridge.
Shot from just outside the box by Stuart Holden goes over the bar.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Wayne Rooney goes wide left of the goal.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson sends in a cross, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by David Wheater.
Gym work paying off for Hernandez
Javier Hernandez has admitted he is being forced to hit the gym in an effort to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.
Hernandez has enjoyed a superb first season since arriving at Manchester United from Mexican outfit Chivas in the summer.
A virtual unknown until he caught the eye for his country at the World Cup, Hernandez avoided the trap Diego Forlan fell into by scoring on his competitive debut for United, an unconventional effort in the Community Shield, and has kept going ever since.
His double against Marseille on Tuesday took his seasonal tally to 16, well in excess of what he anticipated at this stage of his Red Devils career.
But far from finding English football easy, Hernandez is doing a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure he is capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
"I have done better than I thought I would," said the 24-year-old.
"But I wouldn't say it has been easier. Nothing in life is easy.
"Physically I have got a lot stronger. I go to the gym a lot.
"It is not because I like it. It is something I needed to do because the English league is quicker and more physical."
Bulking up has not affected Hernandez's speed though.
He has turned into the perfect partner for Wayne Rooney due to his pace and willingness to run behind defenders.
That in turn allows Rooney more space in which to operate and is one of the major reasons why United are now starting to find their form.
And that, to Hernandez, is all that matters, irrespective of the goals he is netting on a regular basis.
"It has helped my confidence a lot to score so many goals," he said.
"But the most important thing for me has always been the results of the team. Goals are merely a consequence of the work everyone does.
"Of course I am very happy to score but if Manchester United win all their games, it doesn't matter who gets the goals."
With Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen all available, Sir Alex Ferguson is spoilt for choice with his striking options to face Bolton at Old Trafford.
The same cannot be said about United's defence.
Ferguson - absent from his club's Carrington training ground as his horse, What a Friend, ran in the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup - is considering whether to rush Jonny Evans back from an ankle injury purely because he has only four other senior defenders available.
One of those, Fabio, will be required to play at right-back instead of his normal left, whilst Chris Smalling is being asked to assume additional responsibility despite, like Hernandez, not having a full season of first-team experience behind him with the Red Devils.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes Rooney's "football intelligence" means he could do a job for Manchester United in any number of positions.
The England striker has recently been deployed in a deeper role for United and won plaudits for how he has performed.
It has come as little surprise to Coyle, who sees Rooney as highly versatile and feels the 25-year-old's impact on matches when he is not scoring - three goals in the past five games has taken his tally for United this season to just nine - should not be underestimated.
"I think Wayne Rooney could probably play anywhere on the pitch because of his football intelligence," Coyle said.
"I know people are talking now and they seem to think that there has been a return to form, but if you watch Rooney, in every game, even if he is not scoring, he can still contribute.
"He is an unbelievable player and because he played from such a young age, he has a wealth of experience behind him as well for such a young man."
Rooney is just one of several attacking options Wanderers might have to contend with.
Coyle is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his team, although he wants them to meet the challenge by demonstrating their own ability going forward.
He said: "Rooney is one that we are going to have to be wary of, but if we sat here and analysed every one of them - Javier Hernandez is in unbelievable form, Dimitar Berbatov is an outstanding player, Nani and Antonio Valencia look to be back fit - they just have an array of talent.
"But that is why I want my players to go and show that they can play a little bit as well."
United leave it late
Dimitar Berbatov struck three minutes from time to give 10-man Manchester United a precious 1-0 Premier League win over Bolton.
The hosts were already labouring badly when Jonny Evans was sent off for a reckless second-half challenge on Stuart Holden.
But United made light of the handicap and after Matthew Taylor had failed to take a glorious chance for the visitors, Berbatov pounced, netting his 21st goal of the season after the normally reliable Jussi Jaaskelainen had failed to hold Nani's long-range effort.
After missing each other on Tuesday, Rio Ferdinand and Fabio Capello were both present in the Old Trafford directors' box amid heightened speculation that John Terry is about to be reinstalled as England skipper.
Someone who looked suspiciously like Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa was there too, an interesting development given United were so heavily linked with the Brazilian last year.
The major figure though was Sir Alex Ferguson, who began a five-match touchline ban by communicating with the home dug-out by telephone.
It was probably just as well Ferguson was in the sanctuary of the stands as his opinion of Andre Marriner's decision not to award United an early penalty when Javier Hernandez's shot bounced onto Gary Cahill's arm was probably not worth repeating.
Once that call went their way, Bolton enjoyed themselves.
Fabrice Muamba revelled in the space afforded to him by a United midfield too light on physical contact and with Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander getting the better of Evans and Chris Smalling the hosts creaked badly.
Edwin van der Sar got his positioning just right to ensure Martin Petrov's curling free-kick did not find the net, Daniel Sturridge failed to make the most of a half-chance and Elmander fired a thunderbolt straight at Patrice Evra.
There was over half an hour on the clock when the hosts carved out a decent chance, Antonio Valencia, on his first start since September, rolled a pass to Wayne Rooney.
The England man cut a cross back to Hernandez at the near-post but the Mexican could not keep his near-post effort on target.
Rooney was off target with a couple of efforts too but United were so lacklustre it was no surprise both Fabio and, more importantly, Dimitar Berbatov were introduced at the break.
The double change triggered a shift in momentum, with United gaining the initiative.
However, Berbatov's relative lack of pace compared to Hernandez was a major factor in the Bulgarian getting caught offside as he tried to gain half a yard in his attempts to reach through balls from Smalling and Rooney.
Petrov was not too far away with a speculative effort from an acute angle after he received the ball straight back from his own corner, proof that Bolton remained a huge danger.
The Red Devils were starting to force their opponents back though, even if the end product was more of an increase in pressure than anything tangible in the way of clear-cut opportunities.
Bolton survived when Rooney used his strength to collect a short pass from Ryan Giggs and lay the ball off to Berbatov.
The #30.75million striker managed to get his snap-shot away but it was marginally off target.
Cahill then outsprinted Berbatov to reach Valencia's through ball before the entire complexion of the contest changed with Evans' dismissal.
The Northern Ireland defender has never been regarded as a dirty player and on first glance, it appeared Evans had merely come out on top in a 50-50 duel for possession.
Marriner was close enough to come up with a different theory, producing a red card that forced Michael Carrick to take up a defensive position and Rooney to operate in central midfield.
For Holden, the injury was serious enough to warrant immediate calls for a stretcher, just over 12 months after he broke a leg in a tackle with Nigel de Jong that nearly forced him to miss the World Cup.
The loss of a player did not affect United's attitude as Wayne Rooney went close.
But there were gaping holes at the other end and Taylor could only hold his head in his hands as he sent a free header from eight yards straight at Van der Sar.
Bolton must have known such opportunities could not be squandered, even against a side with 10 men.
And as Berbatov tapped home, following Jaaskelainen's blunder, the feeling of this being a key day in the title battle was inescapable.
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