Footage of Kevin Davies’ awful challenge on Tom Cleverley (Bolton-Man United)

“We think Cleverley has a broken foot. It was a bad tackle and we will see tomorrow morning. We had to endure it [Bolton bad tackles] but we kept playing our football.” – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

There was one downer on Manchester United’s storming 5-0 win at Bolton on Saturday, what looks to be a long-term injury (perhaps up to three months) to burgeoning young midfielder Tom Cleverley.

After spells out on loan, Cleverley has come to the fore at the start of 2011/2012 and his form had seen Manchester United cool their interest in Wesley Sneijder.

On 21 minutes at the Reebok, Davies came round the back of Cleverley who was looking to receive a square pass in midfield. It was an unnecessary and aggressive challenge which wasn’t punished by referee Andre Marriner and wasn’t aired on Match of the Day.

The 34-year-old meanwhile has never been sent off in the top division of English football but was hugely fortunate against Manchester United when he lunged in on Patrice Evra later on in the first half.

Robbie Savage, no stranger to bad tackles, claimed on ESPN that this could have been a straight red on its own. That ironically was the Bolton striker’s 100th booking of his Premier League career.

Kevin Davies’ awful challenge on Tom Cleverley is here.

Kevin Davies’ second horror tackle, on Patrice Evra, is on this video.


Phil Jones continued his storming start to the campaign with an awesome display at right back, where he set up two goals for Wayne Rooney – the second assist was a brilliant driving run.

Footage of Phil Jones’ best moments in Bolton 0 – Manchester United 5 is here.

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