Salford-born Lynch was in a formidable mood, denying Lingard with a splendid stop, but he was grateful to see a Petrucci effort curve away from goal and fortunate when Pogba's piledriver left the woodwork shaking after being teed up by Petrucci and Will Keane. Veseli's debut ended prematurely when he was forced to hobble off in a second injury blow for Warren Joyce but the night ended on a high when the excellent Pogba sparked a move that led to De Laet crossing for the Frenchman to head past Lynch, the luckless keeper only able to palm it into the net.
Bolton's Obadeyi flashed a cross and shot dangerously towards goal but there was to be no late drama and Joyce's side saw out three minutes of stoppage time to claim another three points to move ahead of Sunderland on goal difference with two games in hand on the Wearsiders.
United: Johnstone; Vermijl, M.Keane, Fryers, De Laet; Cole (Veseli 15 (Thorpe 78)), Brown, Pogba, Petrucci, Lingard; W.Keane. Subs not used: Coll, Fornasier, Massacci.