Bolton v Manchester United – Match Preview

Bolton’s tricky start to the season continues as they host Champions Manchester United in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. After the Red Devils obliterated opponents Arsenal 8-2 in their last outing Owen Coyle’s side will have to be at their very best to prevent the Manchester United juggernaut rolling on.

Although his side have a midweek Champions League tie away to Benficia to think about, Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to continue with the same IX that started against Arsenal apart from Danny Welbeck who is out with a hamstring strain. The more than capable figure of Javier Hernandez will probably step in to partner in-form Wayne Rooney in leading the United attack. Captain Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Rafael are still all missing for United but Darren Fletcher should be back in the mix having played 180 minutes for Scotland on international duty in the last week.

The Trotters, who are coming into the game on the back of two successive league defeats after losing to Manchester City and Liverpool, have a number of long term injuries. Lee who is out for the season and Stuart Holden head the list while Sean Davis also appears doubtful for the game due to a knee injury. Owen Coyle has used the same starting XI in all three of his side’s league ties thus far and this is likely to continue on Saturday. Gael Kakuta, who is on loan from Chelsea and David N’gog who signed on a permanent deal in the transfer window are both likely to start their Bolton career’s from the bench.

It will be a much tougher game than what Man United faced in their last outing with United likely to meet a resolute Bolton side who have a decent record against the Champions but despite this I still think United will maintain their fine start to the season with another away victory.

Key Players:

Gary Cahill: After impressing whilst playing for England in the recent Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cahill will surely be an important player for the Trotters as they try to contain the lethal attacking force of Manchester United.

Ashley Young: The former Villa winger has really hit the ground running at Old Trafford and looks to be in the form of his career. Expect him to be influential in another United victory this weekend.

Verdict: 0-2

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