Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gibson scored and Berbatov twice goal take Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League


- Samuel (og) 38,
- Berbatov 69,
- Berbatov 78,
- Gibson 82

**Manchester United have beaten Bolton Wanderers 0-4 in their Premier League match at The Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening.

The opening goal came after an awful mistake from Jlloyd Samuel that led to Manchester United taking the lead in the 38th minute to give United a 0-1 lead at the break.

Dimitar Berbatov scored United’s second goal midway through the second-half of the match, beating Jussi Jaaskelainen after the Finnish keeper parried away a shot from Darren Fletcher to make it 0-2.

Berbatov made it 3-0 in the 78th minute, with substitute Darron Gibson sealing the win in the 82nd minute to take Manchester United back to the top of the EPL ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.

The game started at a decent pace, with chances for both sides, with United striker Dimitar Berbatov forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into an early save, while Jonny Evans managed to steer his shot from close-range over the crossbar.

But Bolton had chances of their own in the opening period. Johan Elmander forced a great one-handed save from United keeper Edwin van der Sar before Bolton gave away a bizarre own-goal.

Ryan Giggs made one of his trademark runs down the left-wing, crossing the ball into the area, but the Bolton defender, who was under little pressure, managed to steer the ball into his own net past Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to make it 0-1 to Manchester United.

Edwin van der Sar made another excellent save to deny Fabrice Muamba as the first-half came to a close, with the Dutch keeper diving acrobatically to deny Muamba, with Bolton finishing the first-half with their tails-up.

The game went into the break 0-1 to Manchester United, while Bolton caused problems of their own in the first-half.

United came out for the second-half with far more intent, but found it hard to get through the Bolton defence but, as the second-half wore-on, the visitors began to take control.

Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to receive a booking when, in the 68th minute, he elbowed Elmander on the edge of the penalty-area, but referee Martin Atkinson failed to see the foul and after a short spell of treatment, play continued.

Just seconds later Manchester United took a 0-2 lead, with Dimitar Berbatov slotting-home a rebound from Darren Fletcher’s shot from the edge of the penalty-area to double the lead for the current Premier League champions.

Ivan Klasnic replaced Johan Elmander and Matthew Taylor came on for Tamir Cohen in the 73rd minute as Bolton manager Owen Coyle looked to find a way through the United defence.

But Dimitar Berbatov scored his second goal of the match in the 78th minute to give United a 0-3 lead, with the Bulgarian striker receiving a perfect cross from Nani on the left-wing and calmly shooting home from close-range through Zat Knight’s legs and past Jaaskelainen to make it 0-3 to United.

Darron Gibson replaced Darren Fletcher in the 80th minute and the Northern Irish midfielder immediately made his mark, when he sealed United’s 4-0 win against a Bolton side that had capitulated.

Nani was again the provider from the left-wing, crossing into the path of Gibson, who shot in off the crossbar to seal the emphatic win for Manchester United and to take United back to the top of the EPL, one-point ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

Team Line-ups:

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Muamba, Lee, Cohen (Taylor 74), Wilshere, Elmander (Klasnic '73), Kevin Davies.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Jonny Evans, Evra, Fletcher (Gibson 80), Scholes (Carrick 74), Valencia, Giggs (Macheda '85), Nani, Berbatov.

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