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Man Utd   1 - 0   Bolton

Dimitar Berbatov celebrates with Antonio Valencia
Berbatov (l) celebrates scoring the winner with Antonio Valencia

By Stephan Shemilt

Dimitar Berbatov's late goal gave 10-man Manchester United victory over Bolton and took their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.

In a first half of few chances, Javier Hernandez shot wide and Martin Petrov hit a free-kick at Edwin van der Sar.

Home defender Jonny Evans was shown a straight red card in the second half for a lunge on Stuart Holden.

But Berbatov gave United the points by bundling home after Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to hold Nani's shot.

The Bulgarian's last-gasp strike, coupled with Arsenal's 2-2 draw at West Brom, allowed United to restore a cushion at the top of the table that had been damaged by defeats at Chelsea and Liverpool.

It had looked set to be a frustrating afternoon for the league leaders, who were more than matched by a spirited Bolton side for large parts of the game.

Indeed, had Matthew Taylor not directed a free header straight at Edwin van der Sar just moments before Berbatov's winner, Bolton might have been the victors.

Instead, United clinched the win but not without a cost, with Wes Brown being forced off at half-time with a suspected leg injury and Evans now facing a suspension.

Substitutions 'paid off' - Phelan

This will stretch a defence that is already without injured quartet Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael da Silva and John O'Shea.

The patched-up United back four was regularly tested by Wanderers in an evenly contested first half.

Van der Sar was equal to Petrov's free-kick, Johan Elmander had a shot blocked by Patrice Evra and the backline, well led by Chris Smalling, was forced to repel a wave of Bolton attacks.

At the other end, United were perhaps unfairly denied a penalty by referee Andre Marriner when Hernandez's shot hit the outstretched arm of a sliding Gary Cahill.

In addition to this, Wayne Rooney acrobatically hooked a shot straight at Jaaskelainen and Hernandez missed the target from close range after being fed by a Rooney cut-back.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, serving the first of a five-match touchline ban, was in regular telephone contact with the United dugout and acted to change his side at half-time, replacing the injured Brown with Fabio da Silva and replacing Hernandez with Berbatov.

But, despite the open nature of the game, the changes brought United no closer to a breakthrough, with their attacks regularly thwarted by the excellent Bolton central defensive pair of Cahill and David Wheater.

Berbatov curled a shot wide and was then denied a clear run on goal by a last-ditch challenge from Cahill, as United moved closer to drawing a blank in a Premier League game at Old Trafford for the first time since September 2009.

Coyle expresses team disappointment

Then, the game sparked into life with the dismissal of Evans.

The Northern Ireland international slid into a 50-50 challenge with Holden with his studs showing and his foot slightly off the floor. He was shown a straight red, while Holden was stretchered off with a gash in his knee.

Holden was replaced by Taylor and the substitute soon had a chance to open the scoring but wasted Wanderers' best opportunity of the afternoon when, left unmarked in the United penalty box, he could only head Gretar Steinsson's cross at Van der Sar.

Soon after, Nani cut inside from the United right and saw an effort beaten away by Jaaskelainen.

The Portugal international then tried his luck from the opposite side and this time the Bolton keeper could only parry the ball back into the path of Berbatov, who poked home to give United what could prove to be a vital three points.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 1-0 Bolton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Berbatov 88

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 75,486
    MAN UTD
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Man Utd 59%
    • Bolton 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 8
    • Bolton 6

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 6
    • Bolton 5

    Corners

    • Man Utd 12
    • Bolton 5

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 8
    • Bolton 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:53 The referee ends the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:16 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 90:00+1:48 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 90:00+0:22 Attacking throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 89:48 Substitution Bolton substitution: Fabrice Muamba replaced by Ivan Klasnic (tactical).
    • 88:55 Luis Nani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 87:51 Booking Paul Robinson (Bolton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:08 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), assist by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from left channel.Save (fumbled) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 87:08 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovMan Utd 1 - 0 Bolton Goal by Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Man Utd 1-0 Bolton.
    • 86:51 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 86:37 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) drilled left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 85:54 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 85:34 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by David Wheater (Bolton).
    • 85:09 Attacking throw-in by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd).
    • 84:48 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 84:19 Shot by Martin Petrov (Bolton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
    • 83:51 Cross by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton), header by Matthew Taylor (Bolton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 83:25 Shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 81:47 Foul by Paul Robinson (Bolton) on Antonio Valencia (Man Utd). Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) from right channel, clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton). Pass corner from left by-line taken by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) to short, clearance by Kevin Davies (Bolton).
    • 81:13 Cross by Kevin Davies (Bolton), blocked by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd).
    • 80:10 Cross by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd), clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by David Wheater (Bolton).
    • 79:41 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to near post, resulting in open play.
    • 77:33 Foul by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd) on Stuart Holden (Bolton). Free kick curled right-footed by Johan Elmander (Bolton) from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 77:33 Substitution Bolton substitution: Stuart Holden replaced by Matthew Taylor (injury).
    • 75:08 Sent off Jonathan Evans (Man Utd) dismissed for violent conduct.
    • 73:15 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 72:19 Shot by Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 71:45 Attacking throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 70:56 Attacking throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 70:30 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 70:14 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton) on Antonio Valencia (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
    • 69:54 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 69:36 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 68:30 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by David Wheater (Bolton).
    • 68:22 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
    • 68:03 Attacking throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 67:42 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 67:04 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 66:16 Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 65:49 Foul by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd) on Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Cahill (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 64:40 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to far post, clearance by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 63:51 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton) on Michael Carrick (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) from left channel, passed.
    • 62:59 Cross by Martin Petrov (Bolton), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 62:26 Shot by Kevin Davies (Bolton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Michael Carrick (Man Utd).
    • 62:19 Cross by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
    • 61:29 Defending throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 61:16 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 59:56 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken by Martin Petrov (Bolton) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 59:23 Substitution Bolton substitution: Daniel Sturridge replaced by Chung-Yong Lee (tactical).
    • Correction - 58:13 Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov to the near post.
    • 58:13 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) to near post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 55:58 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 55:38 Attacking throw-in by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd).
    • 54:59 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 54:27 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 52:59 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Michael Carrick (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 52:22 Foul by Johan Elmander (Bolton) on Ryan Giggs (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) from left channel, passed.
    • 51:30 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Wayne Rooney (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) from own half, passed.
    • 51:00 Defending throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 50:36 Defending throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 50:04 Cross by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd), comfortable save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 48:37 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to centre, clearance by David Wheater (Bolton).
    • 47:32 Cross by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
    • 46:52 Attacking throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 46:26 Defending throw-in by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd).
    • 45:53 Cross by Johan Elmander (Bolton), clearance by Fabio Da Silva (Man Utd). Shot by Fabrice Muamba (Bolton) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Wes Brown replaced by Fabio Da Silva (tactical).
    • 45:01 Substitution Man Utd substitution: Javier Hernandez replaced by Dimitar Berbatov (tactical).
    • 45:00+0:59 The first half comes to an end.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:40 Defending throw-in by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd).
    • 45:00+0:09 Cross by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), clearance by Stuart Holden (Bolton).
    • 43:57 Foul by Michael Carrick (Man Utd) on Stuart Holden (Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 43:26 Pass corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) to short, clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
    • 43:06 Attacking throw-in by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd).
    • 42:46 Cross by Martin Petrov (Bolton), blocked by Chris Smalling (Man Utd). Attacking throw-in by Martin Petrov (Bolton).
    • 42:34 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 41:42 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 41:29 Shot by Fabrice Muamba (Bolton) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.
    • 41:02 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) to near post, clearance by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd).
    • 40:05 Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Johan Elmander (Bolton). Free kick crossed right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton) from own half, clearance by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd).
    • 39:59 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 39:09 Shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 38:50 Foul by Johan Elmander (Bolton) on Ryan Giggs (Man Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 38:17 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) to near post, clearance by Kevin Davies (Bolton).
    • 37:28 Foul by Stuart Holden (Bolton) on Luis Nani (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 37:10 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 36:58 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 36:29 Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 34:46 Foul by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) on Gary Cahill (Bolton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) from right wing, clearance by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Holden (Bolton) to near post, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 33:55 Cross by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton), clearance by Wes Brown (Man Utd). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Stuart Holden (Bolton) to far post, clearance by Chris Smalling (Man Utd).
    • 33:19 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 32:45 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 32:19 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 31:56 Attacking throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 30:59 Cross by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), shot by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 30:27 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
    • 29:48 Cross by Wes Brown (Man Utd), resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 29:16 Defending throw-in by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 28:55 Cross by Paul Robinson (Bolton), shot by Johan Elmander (Bolton) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Patrice Evra (Man Utd).
    • 27:56 Antonio Valencia (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 27:01 Foul by Johan Elmander (Bolton) on Luis Nani (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 26:49 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 26:32 Shot by Martin Petrov (Bolton) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 24:41 Cross by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), brilliant save (caught) by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 23:40 Foul by Stuart Holden (Bolton) on Michael Carrick (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 20:24 The offside flag is raised against Ryan Giggs. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 20:24 Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) from own half, passed.
    • 20:10 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton).
    • 19:44 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), clearance by Gary Cahill (Bolton). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd).
    • 18:47 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 17:16 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 16:26 Foul by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd) on Stuart Holden (Bolton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Robinson (Bolton) from left channel, clearance by Chris Smalling (Man Utd).
    • 15:31 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 13:20 Cross by Martin Petrov (Bolton), blocked by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 11:23 Foul by Jonathan Evans (Man Utd) on Kevin Davies (Bolton). Free kick curled left-footed by Martin Petrov (Bolton) from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 10:25 Foul by Kevin Davies (Bolton) on Chris Smalling (Man Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Smalling (Man Utd) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by Patrice Evra (Man Utd) on Johan Elmander (Bolton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Cahill (Bolton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 9:47 Defending throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 8:57 Cross by Luis Nani (Man Utd), shot by Javier Hernandez (Man Utd) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Gary Cahill (Bolton). Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Ryan Giggs (Man Utd).
    • 8:19 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luis Nani (Man Utd) to near post, clearance by Daniel Sturridge (Bolton).
    • 7:09 Defending throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd). Defending throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 6:43 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 6:12 Shot by Stuart Holden (Bolton) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 5:39 Cross by Martin Petrov (Bolton), blocked by Wes Brown (Man Utd). Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 5:02 Shot by Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 4:43 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
    • 4:02 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
    • 3:56 Cross by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton), clearance by Chris Smalling (Man Utd).
    • 2:52 Defending throw-in by Martin Petrov (Bolton).
    • 2:19 Goal kick taken long by Edwin Van der Sar (Man Utd).
    • 1:11 Shot by Luis Nani (Man Utd) left-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
    • 0:42 Cross by Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), clearance by David Wheater (Bolton). Attacking throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 0:15 Attacking throw-in by Wes Brown (Man Utd).
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 30 34 63
    2 Arsenal 29 30 58
    3 Man City 29 20 53
    4 Chelsea 28 27 51
    5 Tottenham 29 7 49
    6 Liverpool 29 3 42
    7 Bolton 30 1 40
    8 Everton 30 1 40
    9 Sunderland 29 -2 38
    10 Stoke 30 -2 37
    11 Newcastle 30 -1 36
    12 Fulham 30 0 35
    13 Blackburn 30 -12 33
    14 Aston Villa 30 -14 33
    15 Blackpool 30 -15 33
    16 West Brom 30 -15 33
    17 West Ham 30 -13 32
    18 Wolves 30 -14 32
    19 Birmingham 29 -13 31
    20 Wigan 30 -22 30

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