FA Premier League
Burnden Park, Sunday February 25th 1996


Beckham (5), Bruce (15), Cole (70), Scholes (76, 79) Butt (89)

Bolton: Branagan; Green, Coleman, Fairclough, Phillips; Lee (McGinlay), Curcic, Thompson, Sellars; Blake, De Freitas
Subs Not Used: Stubbs, Paatelainen

United: Schmeichel; P. Neville, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin; Beckham, Butt, Keane, Giggs (McClair); Cantona (Scholes), Cole
Subs Not Used: G. Neville

25/03/2010 15:00, Report by Joe Perry
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Flashback: Bolton '96

It was to Burnden Park in those days as United made the short trip to Bolton in a crucial game in February 1996. Trailing Kevin Keegan's Newcastle by four points, United desperately needed the win prior to a trip to St James' Park the following week.

Bolton, who had spent the majority of the season struggling at the bottom of the table, had a tough time of it against a United side trying to claim a third title in four years.

Action: The Reds dominated possession early on, and Ryan Giggs' brilliant run and volley in the fifth minute was denied by the woodwork, though thankfully David Beckham headed home the rebound from close range. Steve Bruce's header from a corner increased the lead before half-time, but Bolton held out until the 70th minute, when Andy Cole powered a shot past Keith Branagan via the underside of the bar. That opened the floodgates in the final twenty minutes, Paul Scholes scoring twice and Nicky Butt capping a great day for United with a chip for number six.

Post match: A superb display by Peter Schmeichel and a single goal by Eric Cantona gave United three points up in Newcastle. And you might just remember Kevin Keegan's infamous 'I'd love it' outburst as the pressure told on the Toon and Sir

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