Kiko Macheda struck a dramatic late winner against Bolton Wanderers as United retained the Lancashire Senior Cup at Leyland's County Ground.
A hard-fought, occasionally ill-tempered affair looked destined for penalty kicks as the two sides toiled without forging many clear openings, only for Macheda to pop up four minutes from time to settle matters in the cup holders' favour.
The Italian did superbly to reach Magnus Eikrem's free kick ahead of Danny Shittu and, as his initial header thudded back off the crossbar, Macheda displayed his poacher's instinct by reacting first to aim a second header into the opposite corner of the goal.
Of the few chances, the slight majority went to a vastly more experienced Bolton side, but Macheda's winner was fitting reward for the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce's side acquitted themselves. It also meant the retention of a trophy won in similarly dramatic circumstances last year, by virtue of Tom Cleverley's late winner over Liverpool at the same ground.
Solskjaer and Joyce stated their intent by naming a side which included first team squad members Macheda, Danny Welbeck and Zoran Tosic. However, Bolton trumped their visitors in terms of seniority by naming an