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Owen’s 200th career goal saves United at Bolton


While Manchester United can rightly feel that points were frittered away in earlier visits to Goodison Park and Craven Cottage, the one picked up from Michael Owen’s equalizer within a minute of coming off the bench at the Reebok Stadium was undoubtedly a point salvaged. To claim otherwise would only be an insult to a resilient Bolton Wanderers side who must have thought that a famous victory was within its grasp. Despite enjoying a 66% share of possession, United were unable to create anything resembling clear cut opportunities as Bolton closed down and unsettled their opponents for the whole ninety minutes leaving the likes of Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov totally frustrated.

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Owen's 200th career goal saves United at Bolton


While Manchester United can rightly feel that points were frittered away in earlier visits to Goodison Park and Craven Cottage, the one picked up from Michael Owen’s equalizer within a minute of coming off the bench at the Reebok Stadium was undoubtedly a point salvaged. To claim otherwise would only be an insult to a resilient Bolton Wanderers side who must have thought that a famous victory was within its grasp. Despite enjoying a 66% share of possession, United were unable to create anything resembling clear cut opportunities as Bolton closed down and unsettled their opponents for the whole ninety minutes leaving the likes of Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov totally frustrated.

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Frustrating for United, a tragic night for Valencia


A frustrating night for Manchester United, a forgettable match for their fans, a tragic night for Antonio Valencia and a resolute, disciplined performance from Glasgow Rangers. There’s really very little else that can be said about this scoreless first round Champions League meeting at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to make wholesale changes to his side will come under plenty of scrutiny with the most blatantly obvious fact being that United struggle to unlock such tight defences without the inventiveness of Dimitar Berbatov and clinical distribution of veteran Paul Scholes. For all their near total dominance of possession, United could not create anything of substance with only a handful of long range attempts on target.

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