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Reaction to the Stoke game…

Ferdinand and Hernandez celebrate after the Mexican neatly tucked away his penalty. Photo: Andrew Yates (Getty Images)

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Reaction from the Arsenal game…

Valencia puts United ahead on the stroke of halftime. Photo: Mike Hewitt (Getty Images)

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Reaction from the Bolton game…

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The bounce-back begins by beating Bolton

A 3-2 New Year’s defeat to Blackburn and a dismal 3-0 drubbing by Newcastle have led to United’s title aspirations being rightly questioned in the face of stiff competition in an increasingly difficult league. Today, we line up against a Bolton side that are lying in 18th place in the table yet have taken four points from their past 2 games, so in terms of recent form they are flying much higher than United are considering we have taken zero over the same period. In the earlier fixture this season, United stormed to a 5-0 victory at the Reebok courtesy of a hat-trick from Rooney and a brace from Hernandez – will today be more of the same? Not for me. Although we will be galvanised by the victory of City in the FA Cup, United are sitting atop a pressure volcano that is about ready to erupt if anything but a victory happens today. We have coped with pressure well in the past and SAF will have to make sure our team knows just how important today’s result may be in the shaping up of the title race.

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