Bolton (A) Match Preview

It’s like we don’t play away games down south any more. Another long trip north sees United head to Bolton, and another chance to experience their brand of Total Football.

Big Joe is still a big miss, but new boy Lorent Tolaj is due to play a part.

Takeaways from Bonner’s Presser

  • Pleased with Recent form despite some difficult games
  • Sherring has settled in really well, Tolaj adds something to the attack that we’ve been missing
  • Next few weeks will be the worst of the injury crisis, Tracey, Weir and Jones aren’t far off returning, O’Neil should be back in the squad.
  • Bolton will be full of confidence and we anticipate a tough game

Expected U’s Line-Up

Probably writes itself, this bit. Mitov, Williams, Sherring, Iredale, Dunk, May, Digby, Brophy, Smith, Knibbs, Tolaj but we could also see Worman to add some more strength in the middle.

Opposition Preview

We know Bolton pretty well having played them last season too, and they come into this game fresh from battering Sunderland 6-0 on Saturday. They’re on good form at the moment and have a tight defence, but despite this find themselves behind the U’s in the table, albeit with a game in hand.

Who’s Their Player To Watch?

Josh Sheehan is able to cause us problems and Ricardo Santos and the ancient Alex Baptiste are a formidable defensive partnership.

Who’s In The Dugout?

Ian Evatt: Moans a lot, thinks Bolton play like the 1974 Holland side. A bit of an idiot really.

What’s Their Recent Form Like?

Unbeaten in their last three, scoring nine goals and conceding none.

Any Ex-United Players?


Last Time Out: U’s 1-0 Bolton, 28 August 2021

Shilow Tracey with the goal on 16 minutes gave United all three points

A Matchday Album to Listen To:

Given Bolton’s penchant for playing Total Football, and their proximity to Manchester we’ve taken the controversial step of including a greatest hits collection in this weeks preview. Joy Division and New Order’s Total collects eighteen of the pioneering groups best tracks, including Ceremony, Temptation and Shep Pettibone’s mix of Bizarre Love Triangle.

The UTAS Teams Terrible Moosenet Predicitions:

Jordan: 2-1 Bolton, May from thirty yards

Owen: 1-0 United, Tolaj

Jules: 3-1 Bolton, Tolaj

Matt: 3-0 Bolton (or 1-1 if you listen to the ‘pod)

Jack: 2-0 Bolton

From The Archive: U’s 1-3 Bolton, 29 January 2000

You didn’t think we weren’t going to mention it did you? The worst refereeing decision of all time controversially robbed United of a certain goal in the FA Cup back at the turn of the millennium.

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