Bolton   2

Knight (5), Petrov (66)

Man United   2

Nani (22), Owen (73)

26 September 2010, Reebok Stadium Att: 23,926

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Bolton
22Jaaskelainen
2Steinsson
18Ricketts
12Knightgoal
4Robinson
27Leesub20
6Muambasub16
8Holden
10Petrovgoalsub14
14Davies
9Elmander
Subs:
1Bogdan
14Taylorsub10
16Daviessub6
17Klasnic
19Moreno
3Alonso
20Blakesub27
Man United
1Van der Sar
22O'Shea
15Vidicyellow card
6Evans
3Evra
17Nanigoal
24Fletchersub7
18Scholesyellow card
11Giggssub7
10Rooneysub27
9Berbatov
Subs:
29Kuszczak
8Anderson
7Owensub24goal
7Parksub11
12Smalling
2Rafael
27Machedasub10

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26/09/2010 09:44, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Bolton 2 United 2

United arrived at the Reebok Stadium seeking a first away league win in 2010/11 – and the Reds are still searching, after drawing 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers and ultimately failing to fully capitalise on Chelsea and Arsenal’s defeats on Saturday.

That said, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were twice behind at the Reebok Stadium and were it not for a brilliant first-half strike from Nani and Michael Owen’s glancing header just minutes after coming off the bench in the second half with United 2-1 down, this could have been a more damaging result.

United are clearly not in full flow. But there are a number of players to return from injury, while others are yet to hit top form. There was some good football played towards the end of the first half and the Reds undoubtedly dominated possession throughout. United are three points behind Chelsea and in second place, so it’s not panic stations. However, Sir Alex’s side will not want to let too many opportunities to check Chelsea’s rampaging start to the season slip away.

It was the same starting eleven that defeated Liverpool 3-2 at Old Trafford last Sunday. There was no place again for Rio Ferdinand, who missed the Merseysiders’ visit with a virus - he wasn't on the bench, reportedly being saved for Wednesday’s trip to Valencia. Ryan Giggs, who went off in the second half against Liverpool suffering from similar symptoms, recovered to take his place on the left wing, although he was later taken off with a hamstring strain that will keep him out for a number of weeks. Also returning to his regular spot was Sir Alex, who missed the midweek Carling Cup win over Scunthorpe for a scouting mission in Spain.

The United manager’s team-talk at the Reebok Stadium will have centred around concentration and ruthlessness, qualities lacking on away jaunts

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