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View from the Stands: United Batter Bolton

A trip to a usually hostile Reebok Stadium probably isn’t the ideal way to return from and international break, one which United headed into with great momentum, having put 8 past an abysmal Arsenal side and 3 past Spurs.

From the side that did so well last season, Bolton missed Elmander, Sturridge, Steinsson, Holden, Muamba and Lee, bringing in City loanee Boyata as an uncomfortable right back, Klasnic/Tuncay/N’Gog as poor replacements for Elmander and Sturridge, both of whom left Bolton without a penny coming in, and Eagles, Reo Coker and Mark Davies filling in for injured or unfit players in the midfield.

Bolton are a much different side to the ‘long-ball merchants’ they were under Sam Allardyce, however Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic still provide a very physical presence up top, with Zat Knight and Gary Cahill providing a large threat from set plays, hence the pre-game rumours that United number 1 David De Gea would sit it out in place of the more experienced Anders Lindegaard. Fergie’s decision to stick with the young Spaniard proved merited as he managed to deal with the constant threat from the left of Martin Petrov’s crosses.

Smalling was left out at right back, very possibly being rested ahead of crucial games with Benfica and Chelsea, and Jones was left to deputise. Smalling’s attacking threat wasn’t missed, with Jones getting forward often, including ending up in the box with a blocked shot that fell for Rooney to convert. His defensive game lacked though, too often not closing down Martin Petrov and allowing him to cross, but that can be down to inexperience in a fairly new role.

Evans looked far from the player that was taken apart by Carlton Cole at Upton Park last season, and shrugged off the boos to put in a solid display alongside the returning Ferdinand. Despite Rio’s injury problems the stats show we concede less and gain more points when he is in the side, so his return ahead of big games coming up is a huge boost.

Anderson showed great passing and movement in the midfield, and with help from Rooney, absolutely ran the game against a Bolton midfield clearly out of its depth. I didn’t get to see a lot of Cleverley last season at Wigan, seeing as he was ineligible for the 2 Wigan games I watched, but he has been the stand out player for me, taking the Community Shield by the scruff of the neck and cementing himself as first choice ever since. His injury looked like it might prove a huge blow, but Carrick stepped in alongside Anderson and did a job that he will never get credit for.

The front four of Rooney, Nani, Young and Hernandez proved too hot to handle on the day, Bolton just couldn’t contain our in form players that all appear comfortable anywhere across the front line, Hernandez often running in behind Boyata and Robinson with the wingers drifting inside.

Bolton’s fans were in fine form, singing about how they were local fans after just 90 seconds, and going on to prove how pathetic they are with Munich chants, throwing objects at Young, and in a strange attempt to wind up the away fans they did a little 10 man Poznan.

All in all you’ve got to be happy with a 5-0 win away from home, especially heading into a big week at home and abroad, and coming after an international break, but if United carry this form into the trip to Lisbon they may well just make Europe stand up and take notice too.

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199 Comments

  1. Zibbie says:

    KEBAB !

  2. Zibbie says:

    Tony V. should get some playing time in the 2 games.

  3. Zibbie says:

    Haley looks so fucking beautiful today, my nipples got hard and lactated a little.

  4. Zibbie says:

    She has great cleavage.

  5. Sandeep1878 says:

    @ Costas,

    i m well mate, thank you.

    btw,

    City can’t sell out their first ever CL game at £25 a ticket? Are you fucking serious? Hahaha.

    MANCHESTER IS RED, ALWAYS!!

  6. smartalex says:

    From Today in Lisbon on manutd . com

    Defenders hog the headlines in terms of team news. Explaining why Rio has missed the trip, the boss said: “It’s just a precaution really.” On Vidic’s continued absence: “The assessment of his [calf] injury at the time was pretty accurate. He hasn’t started training yet. I would think it will be another two weeks before he does.”

  7. Costas says:

    Lets hope Vidic is back for Anfield. We missed him there last season.

    @Sandeep

    Massive cunts. It’s their city…

  8. FletchTHEMAN says:

    United training at Stadio Luz via Stewart Gardner. Let’s be having some CL footie!!!

    http://yfrog.com/nw2nzvj

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Costas, heard Vidic is 2 weeks out. You know something different?

  10. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Torres is quality, under the right manager, team and support he would have regained his form.

    But because of Rafa, the poor lady has been burnt out and then that was further Exacerbated by Spain playing him regularly and taking a 20% fit Torres to the World Cup.

    He like Owen, years ago have burnt out because they peaked to fast and had no care. Look at Rooney and how he was handled. SAF made a mistake against Bayern, dropped him and sent him to the US to get fit, played him week in week out, till he hit form and now people are suggesting once again that he is in the top 3 players in the world, which he isn’t, Honestly.

    There was a time when I wanted SAF to move for Torres (nasri this summer), because any player under SAF would triple in ability.

    :lol: Torres – The new Fernando Morientes.

  11. Costas says:

    Torres starts today by the way. Wow, don’t drop the ax so hard AVB!

    @Fletch

    Sir Alex estimates that Vidic will resume training in 2 weeks. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be able to play games in 2 weeks. With the Anfield game being 4 weeks away, I hope that he will have regained his fitness by then.

  12. WillieRedNut says:

    Vida missing the game against the vermin, might not be the worst thing in the world. He’s had stinkers there. Every player has a ground, they hate playing at. Sent off twice. Rio, plus Jones, or Smalling, wouldn’t worry me in the slightest.

  13. King Eric says:

    Sandeep – Hello my friend. I am good thanks. How are you?

    slim – Evening mate. Gotta disagree on the tranny. Quality is quality , yes you are right but this lad is done. As Wayne said earlier he has been rushed back FAR too many times from bad injuries from the FSW and they have caught up. He doesn’t even have any pace now. Don’t think we will ever see him as the player he was like between 07/09 where he was on fucking fire. I may be wrong of course but just dont see it mate.

  14. King Eric says:

    Yeah where the hell is Cedars??

  15. King Eric says:

    Sandeep – I have a sneaky feeling about lifting big ears in Munich as well mate. Fate and all that. Thats why I knew in Moscow 40 years after Wembley there was no way we wouldnt win that game. Although got to admit I did fear the worst when CLLC stepped up. I could just see the morning headlines. As it turned out he got fucking pummeled by John Gaunt on talksport. Everyone feeling sorry for him but Gaunty was calling him a disgraceful crybaby. Bring back John Gaunt.

  16. King Eric says:

    The comment to cedars by orez was fucking outrageous.

  17. Kings says:

    Drag act cunt is finished. I hope he plays on Sunday so Jones can go to work on him.

  18. King Eric says:

    Cyril Sneer – Good post at 18.10. I think you could be bang on there. Less of the “yall’s ” though pal!! Only kidding.

  19. King Eric says:

    parryheid – Yeah Valencia’s return was a HUGE boost last season. When he doesnt play nobody seems bothered but its only when he plays you appreciate him.

  20. fergie is the boss says:

    King Eric – by the time chelsea have played united, when did they play well LOL

  21. King Eric says:

    fitb – I cant actually remember the last time Chelsea played well against us. Probably about 2005.

  22. Sandeep1878 says:

    King Eric,

    yes mate let us live in that sneaky feeling that gives us hope, for Sir Alex and UNITED nothing is impossible..

    its time we win it again and Sir Aled will have done it 3 times,

    believe it or not, i m sure Sir Alex wont go until he equals or beats Paisley record..

    with all my heart, i want Sir Alex to do it coz he fucking deserves it all the way..

    and then we can work towards erasing the fucking 5 finger salute, the day will come, the finger salurte will go, just like the 18 times banner..

    my friend,

    BELIEVE

  23. slim says:

    King Eric

    no idea he had major injuries in that time span. i know he had a problem before the WC i think. Torres is my coming out of the closet player. I really do rate him, its a shame he fucked it up really. I guess thats why i love Danny. Its all potential now and you can’t argue with results but i think danny could be a better foil/companion for wayne.But at the moment Chico has got the other side of the “bed”. i hope Danny continues to improve a meteoric rise like Hernandez a year ago is sure to add more grey hair to the master’s head. lol

  24. terry is a lesbian haired cunt says:

    squashie face and fat lumpard rested for a roasting by chico on sunday ladyboy plays i see the infant is laying down the law fucking useless cunt

  25. slim says:

    fuck me Millan have scored already
    Could this the start of the downfall of the mighty divalona

  26. smartalex says:

    Benfica coach Jorge Jesus admits: “Wayne Rooney doesn’t look like a British player, he looks like he’s Brazilian or Argentinian. He has a bit of everything. He can decide a match on his own in the final third, so we’ll have to be very attentive with him.”

    United coach Sir Alex Ferguson confessed he was thrilled by Rooney’s form “Two years ago he set a target for himself and he very quickly got 34 goals, if he gets that this season I’ll be absolutely delighted, because with Chicharito we could have two goalscorers well above 25 (goals).”

    However, despite his excitement at Rooney’s recent exploits, Ferguson disputed Jesus’ assessment of the 25-year-old’s gifts. “I disagree. I think he’s a typically British player. But there have been British players over the years with similar qualities — (Paul) Gascoigne, (George) Best, (Bobby) Charlton, (Denis) Law. The similarities are that the boy has great courage and he wants to play all the time. He has great stamina, and they’re added extras to the talent he has. Brazilian? If you look at Pele, he was a very aggressive attacker who could also look after himself. So can Rooney. He has the same strength, speed and determination. But he’s white. Completely white!”

    http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/41646

  27. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    A Cunt in England has been sentenced to 18 weeks(4 and half months) in jail for Trolling on a Tributes to Young Soldiers website.

    :lol: Trolling gets a criminal record, Bill Bob, Red Meg, Cedars & Wolfie Your Time has come !

    —————————
    New GIF on my name, check it out when you can ;)

  28. AlphaRS says:

    Ha Barcelona losing!

  29. Devil310 says:

    Boring-ass-tiki-taka-bull-shit!!!

    Fuck the Barca protocol. Best team ever my ass!!!

  30. AlphaRS says:

    @Devil310
    Makes me sick. I get bored watching them.
    You just wait and see the Barca players start diving around.
    You know they’ve only had 1 red card in 5 years..?! Ha.

  31. smartalex says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson believes it is too early to assess his team’s worth.

    “We’ve only played four games,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “The quality of our play has been superb, but it’s a young squad. Obviously there’ll be a time when their form tapers off, so I hope the experienced players will then step in and add to the great start to the season we have had. You can’t judge a team after four games. But hopefully they’ll become one our best teams. The season really starts when the Champions League comes around. You have games on Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday all the time. We’re coming to a period where we have a game tomorrow (Wednesday) and then Chelsea on Sunday, then Leeds (in the League Cup) on the Tuesday and then Stoke away on the Saturday. The squad will obviously be used. I haven’t decided for tomorrow (Wednesday) yet, but it wouldn’t worry me at all to play the team that’s been doing well,”

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/ferguson-plays-down-united-hype/465274

  32. WillieRedNut says:

    Papii – She’s a skank.

  33. Zibbie says:

    Laughed out loud smartalex. Completely white!” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
    He is translucent hahahahah, the white of his eyes are almost clear. The color blue of his iris is almost pale light sky blue!!! Here in DBQ we have many of Irish ancestry some Rooney families. Ha hahahaha some are so pale you can use them in anatomy classes to show veins mussel groups and ligaments and tendons.

  34. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Willie
    she’s a beautiful skunk,
    There many skunks I dislike, but I wouldn’t cover their face with a paper bag while in my waterbed.

    :lol:

  35. Sandeep1878 says:

    the cunt is not even on the bench..

    is he gearing up for a gang bang by UNITED :P

  36. TonyBee says:

    Clint……….. what a babe …… cant quite see if she is wearing my pearl necklace tho

  37. smartalex says:

    Zibbie

    The tears are streaming down my face! Anatomy class specimen, our beloved Rooney!

  38. Zibbie says:

    Papii 3 best so subjective, one of the most effective?
    He has spear headed in the last 5 years
    4 PL titles
    1 Carlin Cup
    3 C Shields
    1 CL title
    2 CL runner ups
    1 Supper Cup Supper cup thing.
    Most goals in WC qualifying world wide
    Has played LW in a 4-5-1 has played Lone striker, second striker, behind the striker.
    Short list of players saying he is the best they have played with. CR7, Fat Frank and Teves who has played with MESSI, CR7 as well.
    Makes others better.
    I’m a huge Inesta and Xavie fan. Xavi is one year older and has lead Spain to the European Cup and the WC I feel his legs will tire some this year. Making 3rd a real possibility.
    When CR7 left after wining the player of the year, If Man Utd had to loose either Rooney or CR7, I’m happy it was CR7.

  39. smartalex says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson eulogised Wayne Rooney as Britain’s answer to Pelé as he challenged Manchester United to find the improvement necessary to knock Barcelona off their Champions League perch.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/sep/13/wayne-rooney-pele-manchester-united

  40. kiccha says:

    read it in the comments section of a team of the week article

    one guy says: “no liverpool players in the team of the week ?”

    another guy replies: “that tells about the liverpool players, they are crap ;)
    :D

  41. smartalex says:

    The White Pele has his own thread now. Check it out at The Republik of Mancunia!

  42. Zibbie says:

    A full read.

  43. Devil310 says:

    @AlphaRS – yeah, and they also like to come in strong.

    Seedorf gets tackled pretty hard but he stayed on his feet when he could have gone down and get a free kick.

    If it would have been Pedro, Mascherano and Busquets, they would have been rolling in the ground holding their face like a bag of cunts

  44. King Eric says:

    Terry is a lesbian haired cunt. Quality post pal. “Squashie face“. Superb.

  45. Invade the moon with keane says:

    agreed

  46. terry is a lesbian haired cunt says:

    thank you king eric always on my game when it comes to my fav peno taker of all time. hate that cunt worst piece of human scum alive!

  47. fergie is the boss says:

    King Eric – probably 2006 when they beat united 3 0.

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