red devils on a roll

INJURED: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.  Cicra 2008. Pic. Unknown.
INJURED: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Cicra 2008. Pic. Unknown.

LONDON - Manchester United's seemingly inevitable march to the top of the Premier League table could finally come to fruition at nearby Bolton Wanderers tomorrow as the champions step up their bid for a third successive title.

LONDON - Manchester United's seemingly inevitable march to the top of the Premier League table could finally come to fruition at nearby Bolton Wanderers tomorrow as the champions step up their bid for a third successive title.

Alex Ferguson's men followed up the weekend's emphatic victory against Chelsea with a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Wednesday to reduce Liverpool's lead at the top of the standings to just two points with a game in hand.

Playing two days before Liverpool are embroiled in a tough Merseyside derby, United will lead the league for the first time this season with a win at a ground where they have lost only once in their past 10 visits.

But they will be without England striker Wayne Rooney, who picked up a hamstring injury soon after scoring the first-minute winner against Wigan.

Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez is also a doubtful starter.

Ferguson said he expected Rooney to be out for at least three weeks, adding that the visit to Bolton would not be an easy one.

"It is a critical time of the season and the games fall pretty quickly," Ferguson told Sky Sports News after Wednesday's win.

"We want to build on the win over Chelsea and this one tonight. These big games take it out of you, but you just have to keep going."

United travel to Bolton having not conceded a Premier League goal in nine matches, one short of Chelsea's record. - Reuters

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