Highlights, Statistics, & Post-Match Quotes | Manchester United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

HIGHLIGHTS

The video below is from the same host as above, but it may provide more clarity for those viewing from the USA.

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=ab943b2e-ada5-40e9-b2a9-3c96bda46a88" mce_href="http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/video?vid=ab943b2e-ada5-40e9-b2a9-3c96bda46a88" target="_new" title="">PL Highlights: Man Utd/Bolton</a>

TEAM STATISTICS

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United

Bolton

Shots (on target)

23 (8) 10 (1)

Total Passes

497 264

Passing Accuracy

83% 73%

Ball Possession

63% 37%

Tackles won

25 20

Interceptions

13 25

Fouls

8 7

Corners

11 3

Offsides

2 0

PLAYER STATISTICS

* Anders Lindegaard (goalkeeper): 21/26 passing (81%), 0 goals conceded, 0 saves

* Jonny Evans (right-center-back): 51/59 passing (86%), 4/7 long balls, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 1 foul, 3/6 aerial duels (50%)

* Rio Ferdinand (left-center-back): 45/51 passing (88%), 4/7 long balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 9 clearances, 1 shot blocked, 1 foul, 4/7 aerial duels (57%)

* Rafael (right-back): 62/72 passing (86%), 0 key passes, 0/3 crosses, 2/4 long balls, 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 clearances, 2 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 3/4 aerial duels (75%)

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 44/50 passing (88%), 3 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls, 1/2 aerial duels (50%)

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 59/67 passing (88%), 1 key pass, 0/2 crosses, 6/7 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 4 tackles, 6 interceptions, 1 shot (1 on target), 1 goal

* Paul Scholes (central-midfield): 38/42 passing (90%), 0 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 5/7 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 4 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target), 1 goal

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 46/59 passing (78%), 5 key passes, 3/12 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 0 shots

* Nani (left-winger): 34/49 passing (69%), 4 key passes, 4/14 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Wayne Rooney (striker): 42/62 passing (68%), 2 key passes, 0/2 crosses, 6/7 long balls, 0/2 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 10 shots (3 on target), 1 assist

* Danny Welbeck (striker): 21/25 passing (84%), 3 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 2 fouls won, 5 shots (3 on target), 1 goal

* Ryan Giggs (central-midfield | substitute 69'): 23/26 passing (88%), 1 key pass, 0/1 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots, 1 assist

* Park Ji-sung (left-winger | substitute 70'): 7/7 passing (100%), 0 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substitute 78'): 4/5 passing (80%), 0 key passes, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (0 on target)

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts on his side's performance...) "I’m happy with the scoreline. I thought the football we played was very good and we missed some good chances. The penetration and running off the ball was very pleasing. But we had to wait until right on half-time to get the goal, which put us in a more comfortable position."

(On Paul Scholes and his performance...) "Paul Scholes popped up there when he should have been sitting in the centre of midfield and controlling things (Sir Alex joked). But he’s got that instinct for goal – he’s always had it as a kid – and he’s delivered for us again. You see that performance today, you see the quality he’s got... you don’t lose that. He’s been training hard the last few weeks. Today we took him off at the right time. He’s given us over an hour of real quality and scored an important goal. He’s back."

(On Welbeck, Valencia, and Rooney...) "Danny Welbeck was fantastic. He got a little twist to his knee but he should be okay. Valencia was also brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Wayne had moments but he can do better. I think missing the penalty kick maybe upset him a little bit. But it’s a good partnership [he and Welbeck]."

Patrice Evra | MUFC defender

(Overall thoughts on the United squad...) "Everyone's coming back and in great form. We still have some injuries but I think when everyone is back fit, it will give us the strength to win the title."

(On the title race and Manchester City...) "We have to keep talking about Manchester United. The most important thing was winning today. After that, it doesn't matter if they [City] win, lose or draw. We just need to have a rest and focus on the next game. I think people talk a lot about City, but we just need to be focused on what we do and how we play, and I think we're going to win the league. Today was a good afternoon for us. It was an important game, after the [FA Cup] win against City, to show we are really confident and we are back. It was really important to win today."

Michael Carrick | MUFC midfielder

(On the return of Scholes...) "It was great to see him score and it’s great to have him back for the quality that he brings, not just on the pitch, but from the way he carries himself around the place and for his attitude towards the game. It’s great for the younger players who have come in this season; they can train with him and learn a lot from him just as we have in the past. He’s such a world class player and I’ve learnt so much off him, as well as other players. Being in my position, I’ve watched him a lot and learnt off him and tried to add his attributes to my game. It’s great to have him back and it’s given everyone a lift. I’m sure he’s delighted to come back, the reception he got from the fans was fantastic and I’m sure he’ll look back on it as a special day."

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "I thought we deserved to be more than one goal up in the first half. We would have felt a bit hard done by if we gone in to the break at 0-0 so the goal gave us a lift. We felt we were playing some good football and getting opportunities to work the goalkeeper. But you just keep going; we’ve been there so many times. You just stay patient and keep doing the things that you are good at and what we believe would be good enough in the end. It was nice to see Scholesy’s goal go in and it put us into a much better position. It was a bit of a strange start to the second half, we had a couple of opportunities which we didn’t take but once the second goal came we were more than comfortable after that."

(On his goal...) "Scoring goals is great, I’d like to score a few more than I have done and I’ve said as long as we are winning and I’m contributing in different ways, then I’ll be happy. But it’s always nice to score and add something else to your game. It was nice to see that one go in."

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