It’s fair to say that United’s start to the season has been explosive, with a brand of attacking football imposed with pace and power that is a delight to watch. Compare that with last season when rather than blowing teams away we were grinding results out. Yes, there were emphatic scorelines but these were not achieved with anything like the verve and style that we have seen so far this season. So when we set out to Bolton yesterday for a game against one of United’s smaller North West rivals it was with a sense of excitement with what would lie ahead.
As we sat in the pub near The Reebok Stadium enjoying a few pre match drinks we were quite certain that Bolton would provide a stern test to United. It was this game last season when United were lucky to come away with a 2-2 draw in a series of ineffective and disappointing results away from Old Trafford. The pub fills with travelling reds and the songs flow as plentiful as the beers, with one new number making light of a certain Man City executive’s inability to master emails!! Then it was off back down the road to the ground. We get inside and to our seats for kick off and the difference between United’s slick passing and Bolton’s heavy handed tactics are easy to see, so much so that we lose Tom Cleverley early on to injury.
The Red Army section is in full voice now happily entertaining itself with some banter with the home fans before Hernandez puts United 1-0 up and the away end erupts in celebration. It wasn’t to be too long before we were celebrating again as the rejuvinated Rooney puts United 2-0 up and effectively ends the game. Cue more goading of the home fans as the United fans ensure that the Bolton fans know that we’re winning and dominating the game. United cruise into a 3-0 lead and the football on show is exhilarating to watch. Half time is blown and we head into the concourse bouyed by a great first half showing from United.
The second half continues in the same vane with United attacking Bolton seemingly at will. Another goal for Hernandez and Rooney completing his second hattrick in as many games send the away end into delight. Sarcastic chants of ‘cheerio’ pour from the United fans in the direction of the now departing Bolton fans. Full time is blown and cheers and applause are lavished on the United players for another fluid attacking dispaly, coupled with a fairly solid defensive showing. All of Bolton’s comments on their intentions to rough up the United defence and in particular De Gea had no effect on United as they went about their business of ensuring City stay second and United remain top and on course for number twenty.
We depart the stadium and it’s off into the night to celebrate the result and purr over the display. Next stop, Lisbon