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United 2 Bolton 0

Whilst this season has been anything but great so farĀ it is actually very similar to last year, which also started with a win on penalities in the Community Shield and a disappointing home draw on the opening day. The loss at Anfield mirrored the loss at City last season and draw at Chelsea last week was similar to the game at Pompey last August. So hopefully, just like last season’s win over Sunderland, yesterday’s game against Bolton can kick start the campaign and see United push on.

Most United fans expected a solid win yesterday. The performances against Chelsea and also Boro during the week showed a much improved team performance and things seemed to be on the up. But a mixture of indecisiveness in the last third and a resilient Bolton team meant we started to worry as the clock ticked down. With an hour on the clock Old Trafford was rather muted, Bolton’s keeper had barely had a save to make and United’s chances had been limited mainly to shots from distance. In the first half Bolton had easily the best chance of the game and should have scored, whilst United wasted the ball time and time again. Ronaldo’s tricks were not working, the ball just would not drop for Berbatov, a series of short corners all went horribly wrong and Park could not get his crosses in the right area.

Luckily for United the ref then made an absolute shocker of a mistake. Contrary to popular belief Ronaldo did not dive, he went over genuinely but as the result of a fair tackle. However, the ref had other ideas and pointed to the spot. I was sat high up in the Stretford End all the way at the other end of the ground and even we knew it was a terrible decision. I cannot feel sorry for Bolton, I despise them, but the decision was wrong. Luckily for United it kick started the game and the entrance of Rooney and Scholes also paid dividends. Rooney and Ronaldo combined brilliantly for the second to answer some of Wayne’s critics, and Scholes then had a couple of chances to make the score line even more unfair on the away team.

Overall this was a good win and a clean sheet. Several key players were rested and will be fresh for Aalborg on Tuesday, and a win is a win. However, United’s form still leaves a lot to be desired and Blackburn next week will be a much tougher prospect in the league. Rooney’s goal was very welcome and will hopefully boost his confidence, and we will just have to see how things pan out. However, after a poor start we are still within touching difference of the top of the league having got two of the toughest away games out the way, and at least we are not losing at home to Hull.

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1 Comment

  1. Boris :: November 6th, 2008 1:29 am

    Ochumet easy! Already all, pancakes, know about it except me

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