Kick-Off:17:30, Saturday 10th September 2011
Referee: Andre Marriner.
Venue: Reebok Stadium.
Woo!!!! There goes the chant of Premiership lovers across the globe as the biggest league in the world comes back to session, and by 17:30 on Saturday, The biggest in the league Manchester United will take on not to easy opponents Bolton, United travel to Bolton in the wake of an exuberating display at OT last week after defeating Arsenal 8-2. But the away form of the Red Devils hasn’t really been tested as the oonly away opposition so far has been West Brom, a match in which United struggled to find fluency and rhythm as they came out with just a shot on target, Wazza’s goal so the real deal begins tomorrow, Will Manchester United continue their poor showing away from home or Will the youth of Cleverley, Anderson, Smalling, Chicha and Jones make the difference.
This match will be the first of an upcoming congested fixture list for the Red Devils -- a 22 day period that will see them play seven matches prior to the next international break in October so expect the gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson to make use of the depth available to him, as opposed to Owen Coyle’s side who have a less tiring fixture list.
League leaders with three matches played, United look good value to win the EPL this season and a win at Bolton would do no damage to their credentials. The players look in mesmerising form as three United players were on the score-sheets during the internationals (Young,Wazza and Chicha). The injury list has got a new comer as Danny Welbeck pulled his hamstring against Arsenal, a match in which he carried his sublime form into only to get injured after opening the floodgates for the rout of Arsenal he is expected to come back training for Chelsea, expect last seaon’s hero Javier Chicharito Hernandez to come into his place, Also out are Rafael, Vidic, although the latter is expected back before the end of the month. Scotland captain, Darren Fletcher came back with a bang as he scored and set up one during the EURO Qualifiers against Czech Republic. Valencia is also expected to come in contention.
Bolton have earned three points from three. After a wonderful rout away to Queens Park Rangers in the season opener which ended 4-0, the fixture list has not been really kind to Bolton as they faced rejevunated sides of Manchester City and Liverpool losing 3-2 and 4-0 respectively, although there are positives to take including the form of Ivan Klasnic, the meeting with Manchester United will be an intense one as Owen Coyle tries to rile his team from misery to mileage. Lee suffered a horrific leg break during the pre-season, thus, he is expected to miss the entire season. United States international Stuart Holden continues to recover from a severe leg injury suffered from a Jonny Evans tackle last time out The midfielder, who was Bolton's player of the year, featured for their reserves during the week but his availability for this tie is uncertain. Sean Davis appears doubtful due to a knee injury(The Busby Babe).
New signings are expected to come into play including former Liverpool striker David N’gog , Tuncay Sanli, and Nigel Reo-Coker.
I will be expecting Manchester United to file out in their normal 4-4-2 formation giving rest to Patrice Evra as he almost broke his leg on International duty for France, so Fabio comes into play, I would also have opted that Young be rested but his form so far might get him the nod ahead of the likes of Park and Giggs,Mexican hitman, Javier Hernandez is expected to return to the starting XI, expecting Darren Fletcher and Dimitar Berbatov to feature at some point, also expect Rio to be rested or given a few minutes to get him ready for the mid-week match against Benfica.
Bench: Lindergaard, Berbatov, Fletcher, Carrick, Rio, Giggs,Park.
Expecting Owen Coyle to field a 4-4-2 to match Manchester United’s wing play and their will be a welcome back for former Academy player Chris Eagles, also the the speed and experience of Martin Petrov will be a key factor, and the job of snuffing out the threat he poses lies with young Smalling, Mark Davies ability to run at people could get him the nod over Fabrice Muamba and Kevin Davies aerial and physical presence would be a tough watch for Jonesy.
Andre Marriner is the man to officiate the game and the 40 year old will be looking forward to a game of physical nous and power. He is not the new to the United supporters as he booked Neville, Giggs, Scholes twice in the four matches he was in charge of the Reds last season also sending off Jonny Evans just recently in the 1-0 victory at the Reebok mid March.Last seaon Andre officiated 36 games dishing out 125 yellow cards and five red cards.
Wayne Rooney & Chicharito:
Talk about a banger to start the season, Wayne Rooney has started this season looking like the once happy 16 year old he was at Everton, he has so far scored five goals in his first three premier league games averaging a goal every 54 minutes and the bookies sure do havee him down to continue his goals galore at high stakes.
The little lovable Mexican, Chicharito is back after a concussion denied him participation in the pre-season tour of US and he is back looking hungrier than ever.
Kevin Davies & Chris Eagles:
Coming back to face his former team, Chris Eagles will look to prove to Sir. Alex Ferguson what he missed out on by letting him go, expect a battle between he and Rafael. Kevin Davies is no stranger in the Prem, and say all you want he is a talisman for Bolton, his aerial prowess would be one to look out for.
Manchester United 2 Bolton 0