Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal to secure three important points for a 10-man Manchester United, who increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.
Sir Alex Ferguson began his five match touchline ban today, but used a (white) telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell as recently as 1876, to communicate with first team coach René Meulensteen and assistant manager Mike Phelan. Once Ferguson picked up the telephone, the chant “We’re Man United, we’ll ring who we want!” rang in my head in the same tone as, “We’ll do what we want” which has been constantly sang by United fans since Nani scored that controversial goal winner against Tottenham Hotspur on the 30th October 2010.
Ferguson again preferred the Mexicutioner to Dimitar Berbatov, just a few days after he scored two goals to secure Manchester United’s position in the quarter-final of the Champions League. I believe Javier Hernandez gives us more options, he has superb speed and always puts in a lion-hearted performance – attempting to win back the ball whenever he loses it.
Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers shared the chances in an uneventful first-half, with Chicharito’s shot going wide and Wayne Rooney was getting closer after a number of long-range attempts. Bolton also came close when Martin Petrov hit a free-kick that went straight at Van Der Sar just before the 30 minute mark.
The Trotters started the second half with an attack, but thankfully Fabrice Muamba’s shot went high into the stands. However, Bolton struggled to threaten United’s weakened back four that suffered another loss on the 76th minute, when Jonny Evans was shown a straight red card for a horrific challenge that saw Stuart Holden stretchered off with fifteen minutes remaining on the clock.
Although, Jamie Carragher made a similar challenged a few weeks ago on Nani and the scouse rat only received a yellow card, but that doesn’t do Evans tackle any justice, he deserved to see red.
Manchester United, always worthy of a decider in the dieing minuets, did it once again when Nani cut in from the right flank and smashed a shot that Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to control and lucky enough, substitute Dimitar Berbatov was in the right place at the right time to tap the ball over the line in the 88th minute.
Over at The Hawthorns, Arsenal were kept to a 2-2 draw thanks to Roy Hodgson’s West Brown, so Manchester United sit comfortably five points ahead on top of the Premier League.