British Broadcasting Corporation

BBC Sport football

Watch Sport news bulletin

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 09:46 GMT, Friday, 16 October 2009 10:46 UK

Man Utd    v    Bolton

    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday, 17 October 2009 Kick-off: 1500 BST
    Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio, Final Score & highlights on Match of the Day


    Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's match against Bolton because of a calf injury he suffered during England's defeat in Ukraine last week.

    Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will make his first appearance of the season, but Dimitar Berbatov could miss out following the birth of his first child.

    Sam Ricketts is a doubt for Bolton after pulling out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers with an ankle problem.

    Wanderers have no other fresh injury concerns for the trip to Old Trafford.

    United have matches against CSKA Moscow and Liverpool coming up, and Ferguson is hopeful that Rooney will at least be fit for the latter.

    606: DEBATE

    "Calf injuries can be troublesome," said Ferguson. "We are trying our best to get him fit for Wednesday but I have my doubts on that. But Wayne should be fit for the Liverpool game.

    "We know how difficult these things can be so we will not be taking any chances with the Moscow trip."

    Man Utd

    Doubtful: Evans (ankle), Berbatov (personal reasons)

    Injured: Hargreaves (knee), Rooney (calf)


    Doubtful: Ricketts (ankle)

    Injured: Davis & O'Brien (knee)


    Having been forced to apologise for questioning the fitness of referee Alan Wiley, Sir Alex Ferguson will need to show restraint on Saturday. It might not be easy, as he has history against Bolton and referee Mark Clattenburg.

    There are two clubs who are going to be playing on that pitch on Saturday, both doing well at the moment... I hope it will be a good game of footy - and we're not talking about the referee

    Bolton boss Gary Megson

    During a 1-0 defeat at Bolton in November 2007, Sir Alex was sent to the stands, given a two-match touchline ban and fined £5,000 for using "insulting words" against Clattenburg.

    That victory was Gary Megson's first as Bolton boss and arguably the pinnacle of his popularity among Bolton fans. A first win at Old Trafford since 2002 would go a long way in thawing what has always been a frosty relationship.

    As for Ferguson, having returned from his own international break in New York, he was asked to explain his comments about Wiley to the Football Association on Friday. His apology has been called 'half-hearted' by the referees' union.

    Incidentally, Clattenburg seems to bring out the worst in Manchester United -they have taken only one point from the last four games officiated by him.



    • Manchester United and Bolton have met on 115 previous occasions. United have won 49 to Bolton's 42.

    • Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won eight of the last nine Premier League meetings against Bolton.

    • Since winning at Old Trafford in 2001/02 and 2002/03, Wanderers have lost six straight league matches at United.

    Man Utd

    • Manchester United are on a run of nine games without defeat in all competitions. They have won eight and drawn one.

    • United are unbeaten in 14 at Old Trafford in all competitions since the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in March 2009.

    • They are the only team not to concede a goal from a set piece this season in the Premier League.

    • Ryan Giggs has scored 99 Premier League goals for United. Paul Scholes is on 98.


    • Gary Megson's side are undefeated in four matches in the league and in five in all competitions.

    • Bolton have kept just three clean sheets in their last 33 Premier League outings.

    • Nine of Wanderers' 10 Premier League goals have been scored from set pieces this season.

    • Kevin Davies and Fabrice Muamba have conceded more fouls than any other player this season.


    Wayne Rooney

    Man Utd

    Rooney: 7 goals (6 league); Berbatov: 3 goals (3 league)

    Tamir Cohen


    Cohen: 3 goals (3 league); K Davies: 3 goals (2 league)


    Referee: Mark Clattenburg

    Assistant referees: Peter Kirkup & Andy Halliday

    Fourth official: Andre Marriner


    Man Utd (D2-2 v Sunderland, h): Foster; O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher (Carrick 71), Scholes (Anderson 46), Welbeck (Valencia 71), Rooney, Berbatov. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Ferdinand, Brown, Fabio.

    Bolton (D2-2 v Tottenham, h): Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Gardner, Muamba (McCann 74), Cohen, Lee (Klasnic 87),
    K Davies, Taylor (M Davies 81). Subs not used: Al Habsi, Robinson, Steinsson, Shittu.


    Man Utd scorer: Berbatov 90

    Print Sponsor

    Live Scores - Premier League


    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Arsenal v Birmingham 15:00
    Aston Villa v Chelsea 12:45
    Everton v Wolverhampton 15:00
    Man Utd v Bolton 15:00
    Portsmouth v Tottenham 15:00
    Stoke v West Ham 15:00
    Sunderland v Liverpool 15:00

    Premier League table

    Saturday, 17 October 2009 00:00 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    Full Premier League table
    1 Chelsea 8 12 21
    2 Man Utd 8 11 19
    3 Tottenham 8 7 16
    4 Man City 7 7 16
    5 Arsenal 7 14 15
    6 Liverpool 8 10 15
    7 Aston Villa 7 4 13
    8 Sunderland 8 3 13
    9 Burnley 8 -9 12
    10 Everton 7 -2 10
    11 Stoke 8 -4 9
    12 Wigan 8 -7 9
    13 Bolton 7 -1 8
    14 Birmingham 8 -3 7
    15 Fulham 7 -4 7
    16 Blackburn 7 -7 7
    17 Wolverhampton 8 -7 7
    18 Hull 8 -12 7
    19 West Ham 7 -3 5
    20 Portsmouth 8 -9 3

    see also
    Ukraine 1-0 England
    10 Oct 09 |  Internationals
    Owen to return to full training
    05 Oct 09 |  Man Utd

    The World Game Van der Sar returns for Red Devils - 6 hrs ago
    Times Online Wounded Wiley under renewed attack - 8 hrs ago
    Irish Times Ferdinand better step up, warns Ferguson - 9 hrs ago
    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Rooney to miss match against Bolton - 10 hrs ago Rooney to miss Bolton game - 18 hrs ago

    Explore the BBC

    This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.