Manchester United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
Manchester United left it late to secure their first EPL win in three matches, top scorer Dimitar Berbatov bundling in the only goal against Bolton with just three minutes remaining.
United played the closing stages with ten men as centre-back Jonny Evans was dismissed for going into a 50-50 challenge with his studs raised, causing an ugly gash on the knee of Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden.
But the ten men applied concerted pressure on the Bolton goal and grabbed United’s umpteenth late winner.
United’s Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez formed a constantly threatening strike partnership in the opening half.
Rooney’s over-the-shoulder volley at Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was the closest effort, as Hernandez failed to find the target twice from eight yards out.
Berbatov surprisingly replaced Hernandez at half-time. And he fired narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area on 73 minutes.
After Evans’ dismissal Rooney brought a fine save from Jaaskelainen. But with five minutes remaining, an unmarked Matthew Taylor missed a glorious chance to put Bolton in front, heading wide from ten yards.
Nani had two late shots saved by Jaaskelainen, but Berbatov was on-hand to net the rebound from the second save and ‘save’ United.
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