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After the run of two straight Premier League defeats Manchester united have shown some character to bounce back with two home wins in the two biggest cup competitions in European football. But, it`s time to forget about a possible Wembley double and instead concentrate on a Premier League fixture that we have to win, a game against Bolton, who, incidentally, could very well be the team we meet in the 2011 FA Cup Final, if things go well for both teams in the semi-finals.

Vital Quotes:

Owen Coyle is probably being very cagey when he offers Manchester United the following compliment,

"Manchester United are champions elect. They have been the course and distance, they know how to win things."

Could Owen be trying to match Sir Alex Ferguson in the mind games stakes ahead of the clash?

United Team News:

This fixture, the first of the five game touchline ban impose don Sir Alex Ferguson, will see the boss tested to the limit when it comes to selecting his starting eleven.

United are currently experiencing a major injury crisis that could deprive Sir Alex of at least ten of his squad, amongst those likely to be unavailable for selection are Lindegaard, Rafael, O`Shea. Vidic, Ferdinand, Anderson, Hargreaves and Park.

However, we understand that Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher could well be available with Sir Alex obviously thinking of employing Evans alongside Smalling after the poor performance given by Brown in midweek, against Marseille

To complicate matters further, Paul Scholes is suspended for this fixture having collected ten yellow cards this season.

Player to watch: Wayne Rooney

Once again we suspect that Wayne will be asked to play in the hole behind the striker, likely to be Javier Hernandez. The ploy has worked wonders in recent games with Wayne now looking like the Rooney who achieved so much, personally, last season.

Bolton Team News:

Since jumping ship at Burnley and landing at Bolton Wanderers, Owen Coyle has confirmed his credentials as a top-notch manager. Bolton are a team, on their day, who can trouble anyone. Having steered the side to a Wembley FA Cup semi-final, Owen Coyle has already issued warnings that anybody who eases off hoping to save themselves for Wembley will be replaced by someone else.

Likely to return after missing the FA Cup quarter-final win, against Birmingham, is their striker Daniel Sturridge. On loan from Chelsea, Sturridge was illegible for the Cup game but Coyle is well aware that, since arriving, his goal scoring prowess has been invaluable to the side.

Owen Coyle has the following players missing through injury - S. Davis, Knight, J. O`Brien, Gardner, Ricketts and Samuel whilst M. Davies and Steinsson are rated as doubtful

Player to watch: Kevin Davies

With our defence in disarray courtesy of injuries, Davies will be licking his lips at the prospect of using his power and robust physique to unsettle something of a rookie defensive line-up.

Match Facts & Stats

United have the upper hand in recent meetings with Bolton Wanderers.

In the last 12 encounters, United have emerged victors 10 times.

Bolton have also lost their last 7 fixtures at Old Trafford.

Recent Premier League form though does favour the Trotters, Bolton have lost only 1 in 5 whilst United have lost 3 in the last 5

Ref Watch:

Our officials are:- Referee Andrew Marriner Assistants Mike Cairns and Jake Collin Fourth Official Eddie Ilderton I wonder if Sir Alex will have any kind words for them afterwards?

Match Prediction:

It`s absolutely essential United win this one. The two slip ups, against Chelsea and Liverpool, have allowed Arsenal to sense that there is a possibility Arsene Wenger could well be lining up the big one for the trophy cabinet. We expect a tough game, Bolton will not lie down, but patience could be the key word with the breakthrough possibly leading to a second goal. United to win 2-0

Next Fixtures:

It`s a trip to Upton Park for us next weekend to take on relegation threatened West Ham United.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Friday March 18 2011
Time: 4:09PM


Bolton could nick a point here, we can but hope!
18/03/2011 19:16:00
We should really be beating Bolton here, though as merlin said, Bolton are more than capable of nicking a point. Hopefully the tactics and attitudes are right on the day as we should be looking to take any possible point advantage we can over Arsenal.
18/03/2011 19:22:00
Well done to the team a very good win. Bolton showed great resiliency and nearly got the draw. What the fu(k was Evans thinking when making that challenge! Has he been taking lessons off of De Jong or something! I'm sure he didn't intend on hurting Holden but all the same the consequences should make a player think twice before making such challenge's. Here's wishing the best to Bolton and Holden.
19/03/2011 17:27:00
"Has he been taking lessons off of De Jong or something!". Ha ha, if he was taking lessons off De Jong he'd know how to go into those challenges properly i.e. no studs up and not over the top of the ball. I was expecting Holden to jump up throw a little hissy fit and shove the ref to be honest or is it only despicable little cretins that do that?
19/03/2011 19:30:00
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