Can there really be a bigger incentive to win a league game than there is tomorrow? After watching Chelsea and Arsenal lose today, United have the almighty chance of closing the gap between themselves and Chelsea to just a point going into October and open up a three point lead against Arsenal.
Bolton at the Reebok stadium can be a tricky fixture but this is one of those games in which we cannot afford to drop points especially after seeing our rivals slip. Unfortunately it's a much bigger problem than Bolton away. We are yet to win away from home in the league this season. Our away form last season was the best in the league and perhaps kept us in contention for the title to the last day. It's why the manner in which we have thrown away points at Goodison Park and Craven Cottage has been shocking. Failure to win tomorrow will mean that we head into October without an away win and that could turn out to be a problem that could haunt us in the future.
The manager pointed out in his weekly press conference that teams will no longer give in even at 2-0 down against us. It does make the job a tad harder but I'd like us to see us play till the 95th minute.
Hargreaves is back in training and so is Carrick but you expect Fletcher and Scholes to keep their places in midfield. I'd like to see the manager giving Rafael and Fabio more league action as well as Obertan and Bebe. We might need a breakthrough on the wings given the absence of Valencia for most of the season. Expect Sir Alex to throw up one or two section surprises given the tough looking trip to Spain in midweek.
We've got Wolves in the fourth round of the Carling Cup next month.