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Effort on goal by Tuncay Sanli from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Rafael Da Silva challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Effort from the edge of the box by Darren Pratley goes wide of the left-hand post.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Close range effort by Javier Hernandez goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Ngog.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Antonio Valencia. Martin Petrov goes off and Tuncay Sanli comes on. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Rio Ferdinand. Direct free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.
The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Michael Carrick grabs a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Giggs.
Centre by Antonio Valencia, Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball.
Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Darren Pratley.
Centre by Ryan Giggs.
Javier Hernandez is brought on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.
Danny Welbeck grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Bolton.Assist by Wayne Rooney.
Ji-Sung Park joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Nani. Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Paul Scholes. (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Joe Riley coming on for Chris Eagles.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Rafael Da Silva makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov played to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov.
Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Wheater.
Luis Nani delivers the ball, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Davies. Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Jonathan Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on David Ngog. Chris Eagles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Effort from the edge of the area by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, David Ngog manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Antonio Valencia, save made by Adam Bogdan.
Chris Eagles produces a cross. Free kick awarded for a foul by David Ngog on Michael Carrick. Anders Lindegaard restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from inside the area by David Ngog clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
Paul Scholes is penalised for a handball. Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Header by Patrice Evra from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater.
Shot by David Ngog from outside the box goes over the target.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Shot comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick, save made by Adam Bogdan.
The ball is delivered by Rafael Da Silva.
The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Centre by Rafael Da Silva, clearance made by David Wheater.
Chris Eagles delivers the ball, save by Anders Lindegaard.
Rio Ferdinand concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Martin Petrov takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Martin Petrov, comfortable save by Anders Lindegaard.
A cross is delivered by David Ngog, blocked by Patrice Evra.
The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts.
Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Michael Carrick crosses the ball.
Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, comfortable save by Adam Bogdan.
Corner taken short by Antonio Valencia.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Effort on goal by Paul Scholes from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Wayne Rooney clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Antonio Valencia.
Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Rafael Da Silva sends in a cross, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samuel Ricketts.
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Zat Knight results in a Penalty. Zat Knight receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Placed penalty taken by Wayne Rooney saved by Adam Bogdan. Man Utd 0-0 Bolton.
Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
The ball is sent over by Nigel Reo-Coker, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line, Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Mark Davies gets a block in.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.
Corner from right by-line taken by Luis Nani.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Fabrice Muamba.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Michael Carrick gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Samuel Ricketts, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
Jonathan Evans produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the left of the goal.
Centre by Antonio Valencia, blocked by Samuel Ricketts.
Antonio Valencia produces a cross.
David Ngog challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Da Silva takes the direct free kick.
Luis Nani produces a cross.
Corner taken short by Luis Nani.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Fabrice Muamba.
Michael Carrick sends in a cross, clearance by Zat Knight.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball.
Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Title demands tougher than ever for United
Manchester United must prepare themselves to reach a points total in the high 80s if they want to retain their Barclays Premier League title.
United required only 80 to claim a record 19th championship last term, by an impressive nine-point margin from Chelsea and Manchester City.
They have already reached 45 from their first 20 games this season, yet, after successive defeats to Blackburn and Newcastle, still find themselves three adrift of City, with Tottenham now trailing the Red Devils only on goal difference.
Sir Alex Ferguson is not convinced any club will be able to maintain that momentum over the arduous second half of the campaign, but acknowledges the demands this term are going to be much greater.
"It could be the high 80s the rate it is going, which is surprising," said Ferguson. "Two or three years back there was definitely a tightening up of the league.
"It became a bit harder and instead of four teams battling for the top positions, you had six, with Manchester City and Tottenham coming into the reckoning as well.
"That makes it far more interesting for the spectators and neutrals."
Ahead of Saturday's Old Trafford encounter with relegation-threatened Bolton, Ferguson conceded United's tricky programme over the remainder of the campaign, including a succession of away matches against nearly all their rivals, makes life especially difficult.
"I don't think it is impossible for the final totals to be double the number of points we have now but it is unlikely," he said.
"It would be a hard task for the three of us to maintain that kind of consistency and get another 45 points.
"We have very difficult games away from home; Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City. That is four massive games.
"Points will be dropped on the run-in. That is the nature of the league and how competitive it is.
"You just hope you don't drop as many as the rest."
Ferguson will take a check on a trio of minor knocks for Saturday's clash.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have taken time to get over problems they sustained in a collision during last Sunday's FA Cup win over Manchester City, while Anderson took a blow in training this week.
Ferguson must also decide whether Paul Scholes is fit enough to take a starting berth after his shock retirement U-turn last weekend.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is still counting the cost of several injury problems.
At one point, the Bolton chief counted 10 major injuries, including leg breaks and cruciate ligament problems, that shattered his squad.
"There is no getting away from it. We know where our problem has been," he said.
"We have had so many top players out injured it is incredible. People talk about Manchester City and the personnel problems they are having. We have been coping with that since the start of the season.
"Not a word is said about us though because we are not as big a story. But if anything, it hits us harder because at our level we simply just cannot pluck out another Stuart Holden like the bigger clubs might be able to do."
Coyle is ready to play Gary Cahill against United if his proposed move to Chelsea does not go through
As the Blues expect to sign Cahill before the weekend, Zat Knight is likely to partner David Wheater in central defence.
Coyle will make a late check on goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who is nearing full fitness after a thigh strain.
Scholes on target as United ease to win
Paul Scholes' first Old Trafford goal for almost two years set Manchester United up for a valuable 3-0 Premier League win over Bolton.
On only his second appearance since his shock retirement U-turn, the 37-year-old tapped home Wayne Rooney's cross-shot at the far post in first-half stoppage time to give the hosts a priceless lead after Rooney had seen his penalty saved by Adam Bogdan.
After a frustrating second-half, Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick eventually sealed victory late on, ensuring United now only trail neighbours Manchester City, who do not play until Monday, on goal difference.
After Thierry Henry's matchwinning effort for Arsenal on Monday, it was perhaps destined that Scholes would come up with something special once he was confirmed as a member of the United starting line-up.
Had referee Peter Walton not been feeling charitable, it could easily have been a red card, for Scholes' thigh-high assault on Mark Davies was pretty poor in a week when refereeing inconsistencies within the English game have been a talking point.
However, after a couple of cracking long-range shots, Scholes saved the drama until first-half stoppage time.
Having peeled away to the far post, he was perfectly placed to turn home a Rooney cross-shot, which Danny Welbeck had failed to get a touch to.
It the 151st United goal of Scholes' career, and his first since August 2010, meaning he has equalled last season's tally in just two appearances after abandoning his job coaching the club's reserve team.
It was tough luck on the visitors, particularly their goalkeeper Bogdan, who had performed heroics up to that point to keep the hosts out.
Beaten from 92 yards by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard on his last league outing, Bogdan got the better of Rooney from 12 today.
When Zat Knight was beaten to Antonio Valencia's through ball by Welbeck, the Bolton defender pushed his opponent in a desperate attempt to reach the ball.
There was no debate about the penalty. However, as at Manchester City last week, Rooney's spot-kick was saved.
And on this occasion, after plunging to his right, Bogdan got enough on the ball to steer it away from any possible rebound.
The young keeper's place is at risk as Jussi Jaaskelainen nears a full recovery from a thigh strain.
But he must have been pleased with his fine personal display, in particular two saves to deny Welbeck.
And with Mark Davies bundling a Rooney header off the line, Bolton were gaining in confidence, although the ease with which United got behind them explained why USA defender Tim Ream was in the stands, pending his arrival as Chelsea-bound Gary Cahill's replacement.
Bolton wasted an excellent opportunity to equalise straight after the restart when United's defence, not for the first time, got themselves into a tangle, which allowed Davies to race into the area.
He found Ngog but with an unmarked Martin Petrov screaming for a lay-off, the former Liverpool man scooped his shot high over the bar.
This was a warning for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, although there was no immediate end to the chances being wasted.
Rooney was again the culprit just after the hour, when Valencia burst into the box and crossed low to the far post.
In fairness to the striker, he was at full stretch as he went to turn the ball into an empty net and failed in his quest as the ball flashed narrowly wide.
If Bolton's earlier effort was a warning, Gretar Steinsson's was a heart-stopper as his flicked header from a Bolton corner looped over Anders Lindegaard.
Thankfully for the hosts, Rafael had not left his station by the far post and, just as Davies had done from exactly the same position in the first-half, ensured the goal was not breached.
United's second arrived 15 minutes from time, with Welbeck prodding his eighth goal of the season beyond Bogdan after reaching Rooney's lay-off ahead of Sam Ricketts.
The striker took a kick on the back of the leg for his pains, though, and had to be replaced by Javier Hernandez.
But it failed to interrupt the hosts' momentum and, after striding onto Giggs' square pass, Carrick curled a superb left-footed shot past Bogdan from 25 yards.
After successive defeats, it was just what United needed as a confidence booster ahead of a tough sequence of fixtures, starting at Arsenal next weekend, which are likely to determine their chances of retaining the title.
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