Manchester United 5 Bolton Wanderers 0

Manchester United crushed Bolton Wanderers 5-0 at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon to once again steal the thunder from their neighbours and rivals City who had thumped Wigan Athletic 3-0 in the day's early kick-off.

United have now scored 18 goals in their first four matches with a revitalised Wayne Rooney having already bagged eight this season. The England striker scored a hat-trick and was aided and abetted by Javier Hernandez who helped himself to a brace.

The Mexican striker, who replaced the injured Danny Welbeck, opened the scoring on five minutes when he ghosted in behind Gary Cahill to divert Nani's right-wing cross past Jussi Jaaskelainen at the near post.

Bolton were looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool before the international break, however, Owen Coyle's side were unable to deal with United's movement and superior passing game.

Rooney scored two first-half goals to end the match as a contest after just 25 minutes. A shell shocked Bolton attempted to regroup at the interval, but United were in merciless form adding two more goals through Rooney and Hernandez.

The only downside to United's victory was the loss of Tom Cleverley to injury following a heavy tackle from Bolton captain Kevin Davies which has ruled him out of the Champions League game against Benfica next week.

The loss of Cleverley will be a blow to Sir Alex Ferguson as the young midfielder had been in excellent form in the first three games of the season. Thankfully new signing Phil Jones was outstanding at right-back while goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have found some confidence after a nervy start to his fledgling United career.

United take on Benfica away midweek and then Chelsea next Sunday in what could be the toughest week of their season thus far.

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