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.
• 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.
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