United salvage draw at Bolton

2010-09-26 15:32

London - Michael Owen scored his 200th goal in club football as Manchester United twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bolton in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Former Liverpool and England star Owen glanced in a 74th-minute header to give United a share of the points at the Reebok Stadium after Bolton had twice taken the lead through Zat Knight and Martin Petrov.

The draw saw United leapfrog Arsenal into second place in the table, three points behind league leaders Chelsea.

However United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be disappointed that his side missed an opportunity to reduce Chelsea's lead to only point after the champions were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City on Saturday.

Bolton had taken a shock lead after six minutes when Knight punished some slack marking from United centre-half Jonny Evans to flick home a Petrov corner with the outside of his right boot.

The goal stunned a sluggish United into action, Darren Fletcher producing a fine low save from Jussi Jaaskelainen on 14 minutes after a surging run.

Yet Bolton had alarm bells ringing in the United defence shortly afterwards, when Johan Elmander just failed to get a touch on to a Kevin Davies flick which exposed the visitors's back four once again.

By this stage Ferguson had seen enough, rising from the bench to berate his defence, which was missing the fit-again Rio Ferdinand.

United finally got back on level terms though midway through the half with a scintillating individual effort from Nani.

After gathering the ball on halfway, the Portuguese international set off on a weaving run that took him to the edge of the Bolton area, and as the home defence backed off, the winger unleashed a hard low shot past Jaaskelainen.

Yet though United controlled possession thereafter they struggled to seriously threaten, with an out-of-sorts Wayne Rooney eventually being substituted after an hour with what looked like an ankle knock.

United were then rocked by Bolton's second goal on 67 minutes, Petrov rounding off a superb counter-attack which he had started by scoring with a rasping effort that took a big deflection off Fletcher.

Bolton should have made it 3-1 shortly afterwards, when Elmander cleverly eluded Nemanja Vidic to go clear on goal only to blaze his shot over the bar.

Wanderers were left to rue their profligacy moments later when Owen, who had replaced Fletcher, glanced in his landmark goal in club football.


  • Man U - 2010-09-27 06:54

    After earlier results, we should have been a point behind Chelsea but we stuffed up that opportuinity! Well played to Bolton! No wins away from home so far is scary for team that wants to win the league! Well anyway, season is still long and at least we got 1 point from this game. Sunderland next will be much more difficult to break down.

  • A(N)ON - 2010-09-27 08:25

    A weekend of surprises! That is why the EPL is one of the best leagues in the world. A major concern for us is the ability to win away from home - being up a goal or more against Fulham and Everton with minutes to play and coming off with draws is discerning - 4 points lost. Yesterday, we salvaged a draw after being a goal down twice so a point earned. Still, defensively we are not looking good. Evra who has been our best defender by far last season is struggling to settle and Johnny Evans is struggling at centre back. The boss needs to put more faith in Chris Smalling and play him ahead of Evans - he can also be used defensively in midfield and take the pressure of Scholes. We are also lacking depth in the midfield and the cheque needs to come out at the next transfer window...that said, we are still unbeaten GGMU!!!

  • Goose - 2010-09-27 09:12

    what more must owen do to earn his spot ? 3 goals in a week ! and fergie plays rooney ? bring back danny welback from loan and send that muppet macheda out on loan fergie is to blame for these no points from home situations his team selections are really abd lately ! when berbatov was off form he didn play him yet rooney cant even hit the side of a barn and he is starting !?! im losing patience now fergi

  • Ryan - 2010-09-27 12:24

    There was a time when the headline would have read '' Bolton salvage draw at United'' . It pains me to see SAF persist with Evans in the back four - the boy is not up to the task and we desperately need a Hargreaves to shield the back four . Generally the team lacked sparkle - Berba seemed to have slipped back into his customary lethargic self and Rooney is clearly not his usual dynamic self . All round a very below par performance from United - we will rue the dropped points later in the season - Chelsea won't lose or draw too many more games . On a brighter note , nice one Nani and Owens !

  • Todd@goose - 2010-09-27 15:30

    I fully agree with you!!! Even though i am a big Rooney fan i doubt he can replicate last seasons performance and with the added pressure of the media accusations I think it will be hard for him to get going. I think he should be used as an impact player this season, much like owen was last season. We should start our games with Berbatov and Owen consistently, both are in good form and can kill an opposition in an instant. With regards to Macheda...Lol, what a useless piece of k@k!!!

  • AL - 2010-09-28 15:55

    Don`t know if you guys saw Bebe the other night. What a buy!!!! Hopefully Macheda`s run was short and sweet.

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