The final scoreline against Manchester United was not pretty for Bolton, but it was not entirely unexpected. Truth is, we were over-run in the second half. A team like Bolton can't expect to get anything from the matches against United, and those results will not determine our fate. But you can't pretend the match never happened. So I am choosing to focus on the positive, and the positive is that we played a brilliant first half. If not for an absolutely absurd own-goal, it would have been 0-0 at the break. It could have even been 1-0 to Bolton. The Wanderers had the best chances, and a fair bit of possession.
If I were Owen Coyle, I would show the players video of the first half, and focus on that performance. If the team can duplicate that level of play going forward, we should be comfortably above the relegation zone on May 9, which is the only thing that is important at this point.