Sunday’s 3-2 FA Cup win at Eastlands was a strange game which saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s team hanging on against ten men towards the end of the contest and that victory shouldn’t mask over the fact that Paul Scholes has been drafted in to help the midfield retain possession.
Trips to Arsenal and Liverpool await after Saturday’s game against Bolton so it’s imperative that United return to winning ways in the Premier League and the bookies unsurprisingly go heavy odds-on about the champions with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) one of the few firms to quote 1/6 about a home win.
This is one of the easiest fixtures of the season on paper, although the same thing was said about the recent game against Blackburn and Ferguson will be laying down the law against complacency ahead of this encounter.
It helps when you have Wayne Rooney firing on all cylinders and the England man is 11/4 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the first goal and 14/1 (Betfred – £50 free betting) to score a hat-trick against a Bolton side who might be without Gary Cahill for this match.
Cahill is reportedly very close to joining Chelsea and no replacement will be signed in time if the England defender leaves the Reebok, potentially leaving the Trotters exposed to an onslaught. It is actually surprising that even money is available about the Red Devils winning to nil.
However, the home fans could start to get a little anxious if an early goal doesn’t materialise and Bolton are a whopping 16/1 to claim victory in this match which probably see them scramble out of the relegation zone as a result.