Dimitar Berbatov scored a crucial goal today after coming on as a substitute to move United 5 points clear off Arsenal, as United, down to 10 men after the exclusion of Evans, battled on and finally won 1-0 against Bolton, while at the same time Arsenal could only manage a 2-2 draw away to West Brom, but they still have one game in hand, which could bring them closer again to United if they win.
Sir Alex started the first of his 5 games ban, and was pretty busy despite of that, as he was seen using the phone to communicate with the United bench many times during the game. United missed a couple of chances in the first half to score, with Rooney and Chicharito coming close but it was still 0-0 at half time, despite some chances for Bolton as well at the other end but Van Der Sar and co. stood firm at the back.
Fabio and Berbatov were then introduced at half time, as Brown and Chicharito made way, but although United had the ball, they were not really causing trouble, and instead went into big trouble themselves in the last 15 minutes, as Evans and Holden went into a 50-50 tackle for the ball, but Evans it seemed came with his studs showing, and in the process injured Holden. The referee was close enough to see the incident, and did not hesitate to brandish the red card to poor Evans (which leaves me thinking how Carragher managed to get away for that foul on Nani which was worst than Evans’ :???:), leaving United with 10 men, and Fergie had to reorganise from the stands, as Owen, who was expected to come on, had to finally sit back on the bench, while Carrick dropped to center back position, with Rooney taking up his role in midfield. But United continued to battle on, but yet could have been 1 goal down had Taylor placed his header correctly instead of straight to Van Der Sar, but minutes later Berbatov made Bolton pay for the miss, as Nani’s shot was spilled by Jaaskelainen, and Berbatov popped up to slot it past the keeper. He must be thanking Jaaskelainen for the goal, as the ball really should have been easily handled by the keeper, but somehow he spilled it. A hard fought win, but a precious one, as Arsenal drew their match, which leaves them 5 points behind, but with a game still in hand for the Gunners.