Last updated : 01 January 2006 By Ed


"An emphatic scoreline and a performance to .

"And a nice birthday for me.

"It was an excellent performance. On my 50th birthday, we lost 4-1 to QPR so that was definitely a tonic today.

"Bolton are the type of side if you sit back at all they'll give you massive problems and they did that at times.

"But it was a great attack-minded performance by us."

About Ronaldo:

"Maybe today will prove to be the best thing to happen to him this season."

"He missed a lot of chances at Birmingham last week but he hit the target today and that is really important for a young player.

"It can only help him because he should be up around the 15-goal mark every season."

On Rooney:

"The balance and purpose of his game is wonderful. But he promised me a goal for my birthday so I might have to fine him a week's wages."

Sam Allardyce:

"I saw the defeat coming in the first half.

"To beat United, you have to be at your very best, you have to have a bit of luck and even then you might not win. Today we were never at our best.

"Right from the start we weren't doing the correct things defensively. They took full advantage of that and deservedly so.

"I have watched one of the most outstanding young players I have ever seen. (about Rooney)

"He terrified our defence. That unhinged us and that is why we have lost 4-1."