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10 men United grab late winner over Bolton


It was left terribly late and Manchester United made it difficult for themselves before overcoming Bolton with a Dimitar Berbatov winner after 88 minutes but while it was far from a brilliant display, United picked up a brilliant three points as title challengers Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation threatened West Brom. It looked as if United were going to have to settle for a costly scoreless draw after defender Jonny Evans was sent off with 12 minutes remaining but they kept pushing forward looking for a winner and it finally came  right at the death. It turned out to be a great afternoon for United with both Arsenal and Tottenham dropping what could turn out to be crucial points with one or both of Chelsea and Manchester City doing the same on Sunday in their meeting at Stamford Bridge.

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FLASHBACK: A Bolton boilover at United in 2001


Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams simply do not lose three successive Premier League matches, at least that’s what the history books show. The last time it happened was in December 2001, the season that Bolton Wanderers ended a four year Premier League exile. Despite a number of injuries for Saturday’s visit by Bolton, United are still warm favourites to get back to the winners list following defeats at Stamford Bridge and Anfield. The history books also show however that when Bolton came to Old Trafford upon their return a decade ago they caused one of the biggest boilovers of the season by taking all three points off the champions in a shock 2-1 upset.

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Why this United fan admits to being a hypocrite


Bolton Wanderers come to Old Trafford on March 19 then Manchester United will have the luxury of a full 14 days before having to play again. Why? Because there’s one of those dreaded international weeks scheduled in between. Now I despise hypocrisy whether it’s in football or life itself, I have always intensely disliked these sorts of interruptions to the Premier League but I’m now going to admit to being a total hypocrite myself by welcoming the coming break in the race for the title.

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