Bolton v Manchester United preview

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Updated: September 10, 2011

Bolton just collected the one point from their two league games against Manchester United last season, but they will most definitely feel it should have been more.

Last September Sir Alex Ferguson brought his men to the Reebok in what turned out to be an exciting 2-2 draw.

Zat Knight and Martin Petrov twice edged Bolton in front before the Reds salvaged a point with equalisers from Nani and Michael Owen respectively.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is well aware of the constant goal threat his opposition oppose, having witnessed United rip apart Arsenal in emphatic style scoring eight goals; “Manchester United certainly look like they are the team to beat again this season. They enjoyed a great win against Arsenal and we are respectful of what they can do, but no two games are alike in the Premier League. We’ll certainly be going out there to do all that we can. We are at home and we want to perform in the right manner for our terrific set of supporters.”

Coyle is able to welcome Gary Cahill back for the match following the defender’s spell away with England. Fellow defender Stuart Holden could make his return after being sidelined since March. Wanderers could have three new faces in their squad on Saturday, with recent signings Dedryck Boyata, Gael Kakuta and David Ngog all available to make their debuts.

United winger Antonio Valencia is back in their squad for Saturday’s trip to Bolton. Striker Javier Hernandez is also in good shape after his exertions with Mexico in the Copa America and is in contention for his first start of the new season.

The only injury absentee is in-form forward Danny Welbeck. He suffered a hamstring strain last time out but the injury is not as bad as was first feared and he’s due to return to training next week.

Sir Alex Ferguson is backing goalkeeper David de Gea to cope with an anticipated aerial battle with Bolton Wanderers. The young Spaniard has faced a lot of criticism of his play since arriving at Old Trafford in the Summer, following high-profile errors against both Manchester City and West Brom.

Prediction: Bolton are always a tough opposition, especially at home. They will put United’s defense, and goalkeeper in particular, under a lot of pressure and will put up a tough physical battle. However, United are on an impressive winning streak at the moment, and with Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young beginning to strike up a fierce partnership, it will take every Bolton player to perform to their absolute best to hinder the current champion’s progress.
3-1 away win.


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