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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 10:02 GMT
Kevin Nolan column
The Kevin Nolan column
By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

Next week Kevin will answer a series of multiple choice questions on a whole range of subjects, from film to food to football. What do you want to ask Kevin?

The key to beating Manchester United at Old Trafford? A lot of luck.

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring at the Reebok Stadium
You must be prepared for an onslaught from Manchester United

You have to take your chances on the day and hope that a few of their team, actually the vast majority of them, have an off day.

When facing United you have to be prepared for an onslaught from the very beginning.

Earlier in the season I was suspended and had to watch from the stands as they beat us 4-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick - scoring twice in the opening 16 minutes.

They were absolute quality - for the first 30 minutes the football they played was of a standard I have rarely witnessed at the Reebok.

Hence staying in the game is crucial - you must try to keep them in front of you as much as possible

Old Trafford would not be top of the list of venues you would choose to visit when your team is in the midst of a spell of poor form.

But the wins have to start somewhere - and we believe it can happen at United?

We won at United in 2001 and 2002 - and on those days we did take the opportunities that came our way.

Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring for Bolton at Old Trafford
At Old Trafford you have to make the most of the few chances that come your way

I scored the only goal of the game in our victory at Old Trafford in 2002.

It came a year to the day after 9/11 and lives long in the memory. It was my only goal of the season.

A long throw was cleared towards David Beckham, who controlled the ball with his chest. I intercepted it and struck it past Fabian Barthez.

On another day Beckham would have just cleared the ball or Barthez would have got down sharper and made the save - but it is converting those sorts of chances that can bring you victory at Old Trafford.

El-Hadji Diouf scored twice against them playing for a Europe XI on Tuesday.

I didn't see the goals and - amazingly - I didn't hear all about them from the man himself during training on Wednesday.

Normally you hear him before you see him - but I think that he is letting his football do the talking at the moment.

Of course, United have injury and suspensions problems.

Paul Scholes, for example, will be missing on Saturday and, as a midfielder, he is the sort of player I love to test myself against.

Looking at it another way, United missing first-team regulars gives us a better chance, so I'm not too disappointed!

The fact that United will have players missing does not affect the way we prepare for the fixture - we know that they will still field a strong side.

They have a great, great squad and have been fantastic this season.

Watching them play you can really see their hunger and, although I think Chelsea will push them all the way, I expect Sir Alex Ferguson's team to finish the season as Premiership champions.

Finally this week I would like to pass on my condolences to the family of Peter Gilmore.

Peter, who died last week, was the chief steward at the Reebok Stadium and a popular figure at the club.


Hi Kevin,
How do the players sort out their minor medical ailments - coughs/colds/sore throats etc. Do you go to your own GP or does the club have a doctor on site?
Love to hear from you.
Dr Suhel Ahmed, UK, Bolton

Good question.

The club do have a full-time doctor. If we have a problem we can give him a call.

Dear Kevin,
I am the captain of my school football team and, like you, I play in the centre of midfield. I am the team's designated penalty taker and I am going through a mini-crisis. I have missed three of my last four. How do you suggest that I rectify this problem?
Riyaz Bhagat, India

Try not to worry about the penalties you have missed.

I had a similar situation when I was younger - I was really upset about it. One was in a junior final and the other in a semi-final - and we went on to lose both games. I was worrying about it so much that it did affect my game.

Next time you take a penalty consider giving the ball a good old-fashioned whack down the middle.

The other thing that you can do is go down to the park, find a full-time goal and practise scoring from the spot, putting the ball in the corners.

Hi Kevin,
I did the running bleep test at school. I was wondering what is the highest score you have ever got?
Tom Davidson, Denholme, England

I don't think that I have done a bleep test since I was 14 or 15. I cannot remember what the score was - though I think it was quite good.

Hi Kevin,
I wanted to know, with the cricket World Cup upon us, whether you follow the sport? If so, who is your favourite player?
Shifat Hasan, Bangladesh

I do like cricket and have been watching the games when I have got back from training.

My favourite player - no question - is Andrew Flintoff.

I would be absolutely delighted if England managed to do the business in the West Indies and won the World Cup.

Hi Kevin,
Can you give us some feedback on Bolton's new signing Andranik Teymourian? Do you see him as your potential replacement?
Shaheen Dariani, England

Andranik is an absolutely fantastic person, who is learning more and more every day.

Coming over from Iran, I think he has adapted fantastically well so far and you will be seeing a lot more of him over the next couple of years.

His English is really coming on. He has clearly been learning and if he has a problem he is not scared to ask.

I have been trying to teach him some Scouse but I think it is a little bit too early for that.

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