Date: 28th October 2006 at 12:46pm
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No surprises there: after completing 120 minutes on Wednesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Alan Smith, Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre will all be absent when Bolton entertain United later this afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo is available after recovering from illness and he’s expected to be in the starting line-up.

Ronaldo is back,’ said Fergie. ‘Everyone is fit [apart from Ji-sung Park], but none of the players who played on Wednesday at Crewe will play.

‘I’ll be relying on the ones who played last Sunday against Liverpool.’

‘It’ll be a tough game,’ he added. ‘Bolton haven’t lost a goal at home this season which is a fantastic record. It reflects the great job that Sam continually does there.

‘Sam prepares his team very well for big games and we’ve experienced some difficult matches over the years. Nevertheless, we’re playing well at the moment and I’ve been very pleased with the consistency and form of the team. That consistency is what we’re going to need if we’re really going to challenge for the title and hopefully we can keep our run going on Saturday.’

We haven’t lost in Bolton since 1978 and our last four visits show a clear pattern: draw, win, draw, win. Let’s hope that it won’t be a draw again as United have to win in order to stay top of the league.