This is one of those games that you just hate to write about. The few positives that came from Bolton Wanderers were easily overshadowed by the 5-0 drubbing received at the hands of Manchester United at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton were slow, uninspired, uninterested, and without heart. Owen Coyle's lineup showed promise but it was ultimately not enough as the Wanderers were out-classed up and down the field.
A hat trick from Wayne Rooney and a Javier Hernandez double were more than enough to sink Bolton as Manchester United went on their way to score 18 goals in their first four Premier League matches, setting a new league record. Four of United's five goals came from inside ten yards of the net as Phil Jones and Nani played in excellent balls from the wing that Roo and the Baby Killer only had to get a slight touch on to put past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Despite the scoreline, the two mistakes that Jaaskelainen made (a missed catch on a cross and then being rounded by Little Pea) did not lead to any of the goals. Rather, it was the fault of just about everyone else on the team who didn't even bother to show any effort. Martin Petrov was easily Bolton's man of the match as he worked tirelessly on the wing and produced the most chances for Bolton. Tuncay Sanli made his second league appearance for Bolton, coming on as a late sub, and looked to show some passion but his efforts on goal were easily saved by David De Gea.
Owen Coyle handed debuts to Dedryck Boyata (who started in place of Gretar Steinsson) and David Ngog (who came in for Kevin Davies) and both looked the part. The match against Norwich will be a proper test for the Whites as it isn't the games against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United that our season will be judged on. Hopefully Bolton can bounce back from conceding 11 in three games and get three points when they return to the Reebok next Saturday.
The full match highlights can be found over at 101 Great Goals
Javier Hernandez: (5'), (58')
Wayne Rooney (20'), (25'), (68')