Since Ed is otherwise engaged this morning, I'm guessing that he won't be producing his usual pre-game post which then becomes the thread for the match. In the latest Rant Cast, Paul predicted a 3-1 United victory, and Ed went one better, anticipating a 4-1 final score. I, on the other hand, am a little worried about this one. Will Sir Alex stick with the players who have been getting the job done, and will Bolton attempt to play attacking football? If the answer to both of these questions is "yes", then I feel United have an excellent chance of fulfilling either Paul's or Ed's predictions. If, however, Sir Alex decides that he needs to give starts to players like Berbatov, Carrick, Fletcher, and Park that could change everything.
I'm also less than thrilled to see that Andre Marriner is the referee. This is the c*unt that two seasons ago in Liverpool let Carragher commit two red card offenses - both of which should have been penalties - and only produced a yellow card for the second offense and didn't award either penalty. He also gave Mascherano a final warning for persistent fouling after six or seven fouls, but six or seven fouls later still had not shown the cheating bastard a card of any color. This is the ref Sir Alex is hoping will protect De Gea from the roughing up Davies has threatened? Davies has indicated that he intends to go after Jones as well, but I don't think that there is much to worry about there.