Manchester United easily beat Bolton Wanderers 5-0 on Saturday, with a Wayne Rooney hat-trick and a brace from Javier Hernandez condemning Bolton to a second consecutive heavy defeat.
United were in blistering form, with Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Young and Hernandez regularly combining to produce some breathtaking one-touch football. Bolton, conversely, were lethargic and failed to grasp any sort of foothold in the match.
For the second match in succession, United played after seeing their rivals Manchester City produce a clinical performance. United started with purpose and were 3-0 up within 25 minutes. Bolton rarely threatened and the Manchester side never looked like relinquishing their advantage.
Hernandez opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Nani beat his marker and sent a dangerous ball across the Bolton goal. Hernandez reacted first and left Gary Cahill in his wake. The Mexican was left to turn the cross in from five yards out.
Rooney doubled United’s lead in the 20th minute. Phil Jones, who had a terrific match, crossed into the Bolton box and Rooney toe poked the ball home.
Five minutes later, Phil Jones created another goal for United. The defender made a great run through the heart of the Bolton defence before forcing Jaaskelainen to make a save. The ball rebounded to Rooney, who was left with an easy finish to make it 3-0.
A minute later Hernandez had a goal disallowed for offside after he turned in a Nani cross.
Bolton struggled to create much in the first half, but Ivan Klasnic did have a powerful long-range shot well saved by David De Gea.
United’s dominance continued in the second half and Hernandez made it 4-0 in the 58th minute. Nani looked to be fouled in the box, but the referee waved play on. The ball broke to Carrick who fired a shot on goal. The ball deflected to Hernandez, who was able to apply an easy finish.
Rooney completed the scoring in the 67th minute, to make it back-to back hat-tricks for the striker. Nani slowly encroached into the Bolton area before sliding a pass to Rooney at the edge of the box. Rooney then finished with aplomb into the bottom left hand corner. The striker had completed his seventh United hat-trick, tying Bobby Charlton’s record, after taking a mere three shots.
Hernandez has a chance to complete his hat-trick, while Bolton’s main attacking promise came from Martin Petrov on the left wing. Nigel Reo-Coker also hit the bar from a tight angle.
United were able to see out the match and claim another three points. Impressively, Rooney now has more league goals than any other team apart from Manchester City.
The only negative for United was a potentially serious foot injury for Tom Cleverley. The England youngster received a robust tackle from Kevin Davies and was forced to leave the field in the eighth minute. Cleverley reappeared in the dugout in the second half but had crutches and a cast on his foot.