Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Manchester United

  • March 27, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's hopes of putting further distance between themselves and the bottom three were dashed as they lost 4-0 to Manchester United at the Reebok Stadium.

An own goal from Jlloyd Samuel gave the visitors a 1-0 lead going into the break, before a Dimitar Berbatov brace and a late strike from Darron Gibson secured a comfortable three points for the league leaders.

The game started at a slow pace, with possession being shared in the middle of the field and neither side forcing either goalkeeper into a save.

Jack Wilshere was the first to try his luck for the hosts, dragging a 30-yard shot wide of goal before bringing Edwin van der Sar into action with a free-kick following a Patrice Evra foul on Kevin Davies.

United then stepped up the pace as first Paul Scholes brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into action with a volley from distance, before Berbatov nipped infront of Gary Cahill, forcing the Wanderers keeper into a fine save with a flick with the outside of his boot.

Johan Elmander then found himself through on goal but instead of firing across goal, opted to try and beat van der Sar at his near post and the goalkeeper pushed the ball behind for a corner.

A dire first 45 minutes looked to be fading out into a stalemate until the visitors broke the deadlock on 38 minutes.

Ryan Giggs crossed low from the right flank and after Darren Fletcher failed to get a touch to the ball, Samuel's clearance inadvertently found the bottom corner of the net, giving United the lead.

The goal seemed to spark Bolton into life and they were almost level inside 60 seconds as Fabrice Muamba brought a world-class save out of van der Sar.

Wanderers then took a quick corner, with van der Sar off the field, but the United defence held firm and they took their lead into the interval.

Two minutes after the restart, United should have doubled their lead but after working free of the Bolton defence, Berbatov lost his footing with the goal gaping and the chance was gone.

Bolton were pushing for that all important equalising goal, with Elmander forcing van der Sar into a comfortable save from distance, before Sir Alex Ferguson's side put the result beyond all doubt.

After a Wanderers attack faded out, Ryan Giggs picked out Fletcher and the United counter-attack was on. After Fletcher saw his shot parried by Jaaskelainen, Berbatov was alert and calmly slotted the rebound into the bottom corner to seal the points.

Owen Coyle reacted by bringing Ivan Klasnic and Matt Taylor into action at the expense of Tamir Cohen and Johan Elmander, who appeared to have taken an elbow to the back of the head from Nemanja Vidic just moments before.

The attacking substitutions didn't pay off as United added a third just four minutes later as Nani cut inside Sam Ricketts before crossing for Berbatov to slide past Jaaskelainen.

Klasnic soon saw an effort deflected just wide but it was a rare press forward from the Whites as Ferguson's side added a fourth with eight minutes remaining.

Just as he did for the third goal, Nani cut inside Ricketts but this time laid the ball off for Gibson who scored with his first touch, beating Jaaskelainen from the edge of the area via the underside of the crossbar.

Muamba saw a late effort fly just wide of van der Sar's left-hand post but the game was already long over and the champions moved back to the top of the Premier League table.

Bolton are at home again next Saturday when they host Aston Villa, who were beaten 7-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the afternoon.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Muamba, Chung-Yong, Cohen (Taylor 73), Wilshere, Elmander (Klasnic 73), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Riga, M Davies, A O'Brien, Weiss

Manchester United: van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fletcher (Gibson 80), Scholes (Carrick 74), Valencia, Giggs (Macheda 84), Nani, Berbatov
Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Ji-Sung, Rafael, de Laet
Goals: Samuel 38(og), Berbatov 69,78, Gibson 82

Attendance: 25,370
Referee: Martin Atkinson

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