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Bolton 0 United 1

The Reebok is a tricky place to go, especially without at least half of your first choice defence and Wayne Rooney, but United fully deserved their win. Yes it was late and yes it was almost a draw, but over ninety minutes it was incredible that the goal had not come earlier. The moment the ball hit the net was sensational, my crutches flew in the air, and hopefully these will be the moments we look back on come May as that extra edge that takes us to another 3 in a row. The day started with a long drive up to Bolton and being asked to park in the worst possible spot of the away fans’ car park. However, some gentle pressing of the stewards and a guilt trip using my crutches and moonboot, and they moved some cones to let us put the car right by the car park exit which was also right by our gate to the stands. Our seats were at the back of the lower tier where usually we only get half the tier and the whole upper, but this time we had the whole lower and a bit of the upper instead. The atmosphere was great as the game got underway and Unuted dominated from early on.

In all our recent games we have looked solid at the back. Bolton did have two chances in the game but they were fairly easily dealt with by VDS. United were creating too, Ronaldo at the heart of all the moves and forcing a great save from the Bolton keeper to keep his header out. United were kicking to the goal at the far end to us but it was clear that we were getting closer and closer, and the ball was constantly up that end. However at half time it was still 0-0 and it was yet another game where we wondered if we would ever score.

The second half compounded our frustration. Ronaldo produced three great saves from Jaaskelinan, two freekicks and a shot from the edge of the area, whilst he also fizzed two balls across the box that no one got on the end of. Berbatov had looked lazy throughout and for all Tevez’s work he just could not find an opening. The minutes were ticking away as news filtered in that Chelsea were losing to Stoke, but we were far more concerned with our own game. A goal and the pressure would all be on Liverpool. Giggs and Scholes came on and the pressure was turned up again. In the last minute possible Tevez produced a moment of brilliance, got free of two defenders, crossed prefectly over to Berbatov who headed home. The celebrations were mental and if anyone can find footage of Gary Neville after the goal I’d love to see it again. As all the players jumped on each other in front of us Gary faced the crowd, leaned right over the advertising hoardings and screamed over and over going mental whilst putting his index finger up in the air as to say “we are first”. “United, United top of the league” boomed out from the away end and “Are you watching Merseyside” soon followed. We knew we had the three points and moments like that are priceless.

So United go marching on, on, on. A week of cup games is ahead but the real focus is on West Brom and Everton, both potentially tricky ties that we will need to give 100% to win. But when you look back at the fixtures we have got over nearly all the tricky away ties and have an incredible record at home that should leave those who need to visit still, including Liverpool and Arsenal, quaking in their boots. We are now clear favourites to retain the title, it is ours to lose, but we cannot let up the pressure yet and need to start finding the net with more ease. The return of Evra, Rio and Rooney in a few weeks will only help, and we have got over the trip to Tokyo by winning every league game possible. Champions of everything, and still marching on.

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