Bolton Wanderers Vs. Manchester United: Champions Slaughter Trotters 5-0

Good grief. Manchester United are unstoppable right now, and Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers were the latest team to be put to the sword by the defending (and on this form, future) champions. It was 3-0 basically before anyone blinked, with Javier Hernandez scoring in the fourth minute and then Wayne Rooney adding a pair of close-range goals in quick succession. Bolton were reeling, and United took full advantage.

At haltime, the visitors had recorded four shots on goal to Bolton's seven, but the chances they were creating were so simple that Jussi Jaiskelainen managed just one save - without playing particularly badly, either. The second half was more of the same, with Hernandez grabbing another before Wayne Rooney completed a hattrick to make it five in the 68th minute. The rest of the match became an exercise in getting Chicharito a hattrick of his own, and while that wasn't exactly a rousing success, that's hardly going to ruin Sir Alex Ferguson's day.

What did put a bit of a damper on things was seeing midfielder Tom Cleverley hobble off in the tenth minute, only to reappear in the stands in the second half wearing a big boot on his right foot and brandishing a pair of crutches. United have Kevin Davies to thank for that injury - but that was the extent of the damage the Trotters managed to inflict on their visitors, despite a second half performance that saw them continue to attack despite the danger the champions posed when space was opened up for them.

Anyway, United go back to the top of the table, ahead of Manchester City. Who could have predicted a United-City-Chelsea top three four weeks into the season? Everyone? Oh.

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