Man Utd 3-0 Bolton: Scholes On Song As Trotters Lose Again (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

14th, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers – Premier League – 14th January 2012

Starting for the first time since his surprise emergence from retirement, Paul Scholes made it 18 Premier League seasons (out of 18)  in which he’s scored after netting the opener against Bolton, with the goal coming just before the break.

United had, not surprisingly, dominated the opening exchanges against a Bolton side shorn of Chelsea-bound Gary Cahill. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan was doing his utmost to stem the red tide for the Trotters, even saving a Wayne Rooney spot-kick, awarded after Zat Knight had tripped Danny Welbeck. However, with half-time approaching, Rooney atoned for his miss, setting up Scholes who fired home United’s 50th league goal of the season, and the scorer’s first since August 2010.

After the break, the visitors battled hard to get back into the game, with former Liverpool man David Ngog coming close and Gretar Steinsson seeing his looping header cleared off the line. However, United eventually sealed the victory with late goals from Welbeck and Michael Carrick.

Despite the win, which puts United level on points with Man City, the Red Devils still look like a side not quite firing on all cylinders, while Owen Coyle’s Bolton, for all their effort, look desperately in need of a miracle. Or at least a few new players.



Photos: PA

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  1. Mr. Sparkle says:

    This amongst many reasons is why young talent is not developed in the Premier League; players and managers alike lack the imagination to give a young talent the chance to prove themselves in the first squad. So they buy proven players from lower sides and other leagues. Or in the case of Ferguson, they bring back a player who retired.

  2. MK says:

    Yeah, that Ferguson never gives youth a chance…

  3. Dont worry says:

    shame clevs is still out

  4. Mr. Sparkle says:

    How many English born, local lads and Academy graduates have broken into the first team than since the days of the golden generation of Mancs?

  5. Jordy says:

    John O’shea, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck. There are also many graduates who are playing in other Premier League teams

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