Sunday, March 20, 2011

Manchester United 1-0 Bolton

Bolton Wanderers' David Wheater and Manchester United's Javier Hernandez slide for the ball 

Holden Injury And Late Loss Pile Misery On Bolton

Manchester United ended their run of consecutive losses in the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 win against a resilient Bolton Wanderers with a late goal coming from Dimitar Berbatov.

It took until late in the second half for the ball to hit the net with Bolton managing to stifle the hosts effectively in the first half, but United eventually broke the visitors down with a goal from Berbatov in the 87th minute. The match started lively with both sides looking to attack, but it was the visitors who went close first after good, strong play from John Elmander in the United box, but when the ball fell to Fabrice Muamba, he couldn’t get it on target.
United went close a few moment later as Rooney let rip from 30 yards with the shot whistling past the post, and had it been on target, Jussi Jaaskelainen would’ve been beaten.
The hosts’ next chance came in the 10th minute as Nani crossed from the left with Wes Brown knocking a header back across the penalty area towards Javier Hernandez whose shot appeared to bounce up and hit Gary Cahill’s arm, but the referee waved away any penalty claims.
The match calmed down prior to the penalty shout with United appearing to take their foot of the gas a bit, however it was them again who had the next opportunity with Nani doing well down the left before putting in a low cross towards Hernandez, but David Wheater was shadowing the Mexican and put the ball out for a corner.
In the 26th minute the visitors could well have taken the lead as a shot from Martin Petrov ricocheted off a defender and found its way all the way into the United box where Daniel Sturridge attempted to connect with it acrobatically from nine yards, but completely missed the ball.
A brilliant move by United nearly ended with a Hernandez goal. Valencia played in Rooney who was bursting into the box before cutting the ball back towards the Mexican who couldn’t quite find the target from six yards, but was close.
Rooney went close from distance again in the 39th minute after a good inter-change of play with Nani coming inside off the right that ended with a defensive block, but the Englishman latched on to the block smashing a shot just over, and it probably should’ve been on target.
 The second half started with Berbatov and Fabio da Silva entering the fray for Hernandez and Wes Brown respectively, but it was Nani who was causing Bolton the most amount of trouble during the early moments, but United failed to carve open any real chances despite dominating possession.
In the 63rd minute, Michael Carrick did very well prevent a Bolton goal as Johan Elmander did brilliantly to hold off Jonny Evans with the ball then breaking loose to Kevin Davies who struck the goalwards only for Carrick to block the shot.
Substitute Berbatov went close in the 71st minute as United kept possession well before the ball found its way to Rooney who laid it off for the Bulgarian who shot first time for the top corner, but it ended up going just wide.
Moments later Berbatov found himself in a foot race with Gary Cahill bearing down on the goal and just when the Bulgarian looked to shoot, the England international produced a fantastic tackle.
However, things went bad for both sides in the 77th minute as Jonny Evans received a straight red card for a callous foul on Stuart Holden, but the American had to be stretchered off, with Evans having few complaints about the decision.
Despite going down to ten men, it was United who continued to press, with Patrice Evra at times the only player in their own half and Rooney went close on 83 minutes after good build up with Nani before cutting inside and shooting towards the near post, but the England international’s strike was saved by Jaaskelainen.
Bolton really should have taken the lead in the 84th minute however after a good cross from the right was met by the head of Matty Taylor who was unmarked, but he headed it straight at Edwin Van der Sar.
United finally took the lead in the 87th minute however as Nani cut inside from the right and unleashing a shot, but Jaaskelainen couldn’t hold on to it with Dimitar Berbatov ready to pounce and the Bulgarian notched his 20th league goal of the season.
The last five minutes saw Nani go close once again, but United carried on pressing and held on for a vital three points.

Appendix : 
Bolton Wanderers' Gretar Steinsson and Manchester United's Nani in action
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia and Bolton Wanderers' Paul Robinson in action
Manchester United's Jonny Evans fouls Bolton Wanderers' Stuart Holden before being sent off
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill in action

others match result : 

Tottenham (0) vs (0) West Ham
Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Wolves      
     Blackburn (2) vs (2) Blackpool     
           Stoke (4) vs (0) Newcastle   
  West Bromwich (2) vs (2) Arsenal               
       Wigan Athletic (2) vs (1) Birmingham          
          Everton (2) vs (1) Fulham          

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