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Man Utd   2 - 1   Bolton

Manchester United celebrate their opening goal
United travel to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and Liverpool on Sunday

By David Ornstein

Manchester United moved top of the Premier League with a nervy victory over Bolton at Old Trafford.

The champions took an early lead when Michael Owen's header was deflected into his own net by Zat Knight.

After Antonio Valencia lashed home his first goal for United, the hosts looked to be cruising to the three points.

But Matt Taylor headed in from Kevin Davies' cross and Bolton began to flood forward in search of an equaliser, only to be denied by some dogged defending.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be mightily relieved to have secured the win, which was far from convincing but sees them go a point clear of Chelsea after the Blues were beaten at Aston Villa earlier on Saturday.

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Such was their dominance, United seemed to switch off mid-way through the second half and were fortunate not to be punished as Bolton laid siege to their goal.

They will have to raise their game for the trips to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday and then Liverpool in the league four days later.

Bolton, who drop a place to 13th, will feel their late rally was worthy of a point but, in truth, they would have been out of contention far earlier had United taken a few more of their numerous chances.

A seventh straight defeat at Old Trafford looked likely for Bolton as early as the fourth minute when Owen found himself unmarked to meet Ryan Giggs' precise cross with a glancing header.

The ball was heading wide but, unfortunately for the visitors, it struck Knight's leg and trickled into Jussi Jaaskelainen's net.

Owen, benefitting from Wayne Rooney's calf injury to make only his second league start for United, was at the heart of United's electrifying start.

The 29-year-old was one of eight changes to United's starting line-up and caused the Bolton defence no shortage of problems in the opening exchanges.

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United's outstanding performer, however, was Giggs and the 35-year-old winger almost set up a second as his cross from the right was headed goalbound by Jonny Evans, only for Jaaskelainen to save brilliantly on to a post.

Bolton's five-man midfield was providing little cover for their back four - but to their credit they did get forward to support lone striker Davies whenever possible.

On one such occasion, Davies escaped the attentions of Rio Ferdinand but headed wide from an unmarked position following Sam Ricketts' centre.

Nine of Bolton's 10 league goals this season have come from set pieces and they almost continued that sequence when Taylor drove wide after Davies had chested down Gary Cahill's long punt forward.

But United were in a comfort zone and reasserted their authority with a second goal, Valencia playing a one-two with Gary Neville before drilling a powerful strike past Jaaskelainen.

Bolton had the first chance of the second half, Knight heading Taylor's free-kick straight at Edwin Van der Sar, but United, and in particular, Dimitar Berbatov ensured they were soon under the cosh once more.

Megson regrets slow Bolton start

The Bulgarian, laid on two chances for Owen , the first of which was dragged wide and the second clipped wide under pressure from Knight, and one for Valencia, who was expertly challenged by Jlloyd Samuel.

With the match turning into what seemed like a United training session, Berbatov, on a high following the birth of his daughter, Dea, in Sofia on Thursday, had an acrobatic volley repelled by the marvellous Jaaskelainen and Valencia's low effort was again saved by the Fin.

It took the introduction of Mark Davies to spark Bolton into life and the zest with which they attacked appeared to take Ferguson's men completely by surprise.

After Mark Davies' superb run, Kevin Davies crossed at the second attempt for Taylor to rise above Patrice Evra and nod powerfully past Van der Sar.

Bolton's two other substitutes, Ivan Klasnic and Chris Basham, troubled United time and again with the former having a goal disallowed after Ricardo handled.

Klasnic and Knight both had chances to draw their team level and, deep into stoppage time, Cahill headed straight at Van der Sar, but United managed to hold on.


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson:
"It was more tense than we would have liked.

"We made it hard for ourselves and we were panicking at times. But we got through it, just.

"This is a tough league. There have been some surprise results already.

"But we have had a couple ourselves, losing at Burnley and drawing at home to Sunderland."

Bolton manager Gary Megson on Ivan Klasnic's disallowed goal and Manchester United's succession of narrow wins:
"It was a ridiculous decision. Ricardo (Gardner) clearly got to the ball in front of (Edwin) Van der Sar.

"I didn't think it was a free-kick at all.

"The point is words that people are using (for United) are 'almost', 'nearly' and 'might have'.

"The fact is, they haven't."

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 2-1 Bolton FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Knight (og) 5
  • Valencia 33
  • Taylor 75

Man Utd

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 75,103
MAN UTD
BOLTON

Possession

  • Man Utd 52%
  • Bolton 48%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 7
  • Bolton 7

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 6
  • Bolton 8

Corners

  • Man Utd 13
  • Bolton 1

Fouls

  • Man Utd 15
  • Bolton 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:40 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+4:24 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
  • 90:00+3:51 Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 90:00+2:46 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 90:00+1:10 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Zat Knight goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 90:00+0:47 Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:29 Ivan Klasnic produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 87:40 Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Davies. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Taylor from right channel, clearance by Ryan Giggs.
  • 86:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Matthew Taylor. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 85:39 Substitution Oliveira Anderson goes off and Paul Scholes comes on.
  • 82:48 Substitution Danny Welbeck is brought on as a substitute for Michael Owen.
  • 82:22 Substitution John O'Shea joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrice Evra.
  • 81:55 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 80:04 Zat Knight takes a shot. Short corner worked by Chris Basham, Centre by Ricardo Gardner.
  • 79:16 Foul by Michael Carrick on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.
  • 78:19 Patrice Evra sends in a cross, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
  • 77:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
  • 77:24 The ball is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Chris Basham.
  • 76:37 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line played to the near post, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:51 Ryan Giggs takes the free kick.
  • 75:51 Substitution Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Basham.
  • 75:51 Samuel Ricketts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra.
  • 74:32 Assist by Kevin Davies.
  • 74:32 GOAL - Matthew TaylorMan Utd 2 - 1 Bolton Matthew Taylor finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man Utd 2-1 Bolton.
  • 74:30 Kevin Davies crosses the ball,
  • 74:22 Kevin Davies crosses the ball, Gary Neville manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:21 Jlloyd Samuel crosses the ball, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 72:34 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs.
  • 71:57 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 71:38 A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Zat Knight.
  • 70:37 The referee gives a free kick against Ricardo Gardner for handball. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:51 Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies. Direct free kick taken by Zat Knight.
  • 68:42 Antonio Valencia produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 68:11 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs.
  • 67:19 Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • Correction - 64:21 Centre by Gary Neville, Effort on goal by Michael Owen from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 64:21 The ball is delivered by Gary Neville.
  • 62:59 Substitution Mark Davies replaces Tamir Cohen.
  • 62:46 Ryan Giggs produces a cross, blocked by Matthew Taylor.
  • 62:17 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 62:11 The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 61:03 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 60:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Fabrice Muamba. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:02 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 59:23 The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs.
  • 58:08 A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 57:23 Matthew Taylor sends in a cross.
  • 56:48 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 56:28 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Dimitar Berbatov from 6 yards. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 54:58 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 53:43 Shot by Matthew Taylor from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 52:53 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on.
  • Correction - 52:38 Substitution Ivan Klasnic comes on in place of Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 51:56 Shot from close range by Michael Owen misses to the right of the target.
  • 50:10 Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Owen misses to the left of the goal.
  • 49:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Samuel Ricketts. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, Zat Knight takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 48:47 Matthew Taylor produces a cross, Ryan Giggs manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Jonathan Evans. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 47:21 Free kick crossed by Ryan Giggs.
  • 47:21 Booking The referee books Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour.
  • 47:10 Kevin Davies challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 46:08 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.
  • 46:02 Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+0:34 The offside flag is raised against Michael Owen. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 44:04 Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner. Ricardo Gardner crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Gary Neville. Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 41:51 Patrice Evra challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:27 Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 40:20 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:51 The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 36:48 Centre by Samuel Ricketts, Gary Neville fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 34:30 Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Gardner.
  • 34:05 Ryan Giggs challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:38 Assist on the goal came from Gary Neville.
  • 32:38 GOAL - Antonio ValenciaMan Utd 2 - 0 Bolton A goal is scored by Antonio Valencia from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Bolton.
  • 31:20 Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 30:42 Matthew Taylor produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 30:12 Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.
  • 29:14 Oliveira Anderson challenges Jlloyd Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 28:25 The offside flag is raised against Dimitar Berbatov. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:51 Foul by Tamir Cohen on Antonio Valencia, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Evans on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
  • 26:25 Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Samuel Ricketts. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 23:36 Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:52 Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia to the near post, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 22:33 Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 21:55 A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 21:30 The offside flag is raised against Chung-Yong Lee. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 20:26 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 20:18 The ball is crossed by Oliveira Anderson, Jlloyd Samuel makes a clearance.
  • 19:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel by Antonio Valencia. Jlloyd Samuel takes the free kick.
  • 17:40 Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 17:32 The ball is sent over by Ricardo Gardner, clearance made by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 17:11 Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • 14:35 A cross is delivered by Patrice Evra.
  • 14:07 The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs.
  • 13:27 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Header from close range by Kevin Davies misses to the right of the target.
  • 12:01 The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal. Michael Owen gets a block in.
  • 10:29 Kevin Davies is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 6:19 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • Correction - 5:54 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Antonio Valencia.
  • 5:54 Corner from right by-line taken by Antonio Valencia.
  • Correction - 5:28 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Jlloyd Samuel makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 5:18 Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs. The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 5:17 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line. The ball is crossed by Ryan Giggs, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 4:05 Michael Owen provided the assist for the goal.
  • 4:05 GOAL - Zat KnightMan Utd 1 - 0 Bolton Zat Knight concedes an unfortunate own goal. Man Utd 1-0 Bolton.
  • 4:01 Patrice Evra produces a cross, Michael Owen takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.
  • 3:43 Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:52 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Jonathan Evans, free kick awarded. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League results

17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Birmingham R
Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea R
Everton 1-1 Wolverhampton R
Man Utd 2-1 Bolton R
Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham R
Stoke 2-1 West Ham R
Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 9 12 22
2 Chelsea 9 11 21
3 Tottenham 9 8 19
4 Arsenal 8 16 18
5 Man City 7 7 16
6 Aston Villa 8 5 16
7 Sunderland 9 4 16
8 Liverpool 9 9 15
9 Stoke 9 -3 12
10 Burnley 8 -9 12
11 Everton 8 -2 11
12 Wigan 8 -7 9
13 Bolton 8 -2 8
14 Wolverhampton 9 -7 8
15 Fulham 7 -4 7
16 Birmingham 9 -5 7
17 Blackburn 7 -7 7
18 Hull 8 -12 7
19 West Ham 8 -4 5
20 Portsmouth 9 -10 3

see also
Saturday football as it happened
17 Oct 09 |  Football
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