Manchester United ran out winners in this contest thanks to a bizarre own goal from Bolton defender J Lloyd Samuel a brace from Dimitar Berbatov and a late fourth from midfielder Darron Gibson.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have seen how Chelsea had torn apart Aston Villa earlier in the day and will have told his players that they must secure all three points at improving Bolton and the Old Trafford side managed to collect the all important three points even without the prolific Wayne Rooney.
Bulgarian international Berbatov will have been pleased with his performance and Manchester United will be pleased to know that when Rooney is unavailable they do have the ability to count on the fast improving former Tottenham man.
Darron Gibson added a fourth for Manchester United late on.
Bolton 0-1 Man United (Samuel Own Goal)
Bolton 0-2 Man United (Berbatov)
Bolton 0-3 Man United (Berbatov)
Bolton 0-4 Man United (Gibson)