Coyle won't target De Gea
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has no plans to target goalkeeper David de Gea as he looks for a way to defeat Manchester United.
Last Updated: 10/09/11 8:20am
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has no plans to target goalkeeper David de Gea as he looks for a way to defeat Manchester United on Saturday evening.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have started the season in impressive fashion, hammering Arsenal 8-2 in their last outing to make it three wins from the opening three fixtures of their Premier League title defence.
If they have looked uncertain in any position, it is in goal, where Spanish youngster De Gea, signed over the summer as a replacement for the retired Edwin van der Sar, has looked shaky at times.
The 20-year-old saved a penalty against the Gunners, though, and Coyle is certainly not thinking Bolton might have an easy task getting past him.
The Scot does, however, feel Wanderers - who led United twice at home last term in an eventual 2-2 draw - have it in them to pull off a victory when the two sides meet again at the Reebok Stadium.
"David de Gea is a top goalkeeper - there is no doubt about it," Coyle said.
"With Manchester United, it is difficult to find any weaknesses, but my focus will be on making sure my group are at their best.
"We know as long as we get to our maximum that we can sleep well at night.
"What we don't want to do is be below that - it leaves that bad taste in your mouth, so I will be stressing to my group that we have to get to our best.
"If we do that, although we certainly won't be able to match Manchester United over the course of a season, on any given day we can win these games."
Little bit of banter
United's potency going forward is not in question, with their England duo Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young in superb form of late for both club and country.
Training with them on international duty over the past couple of weeks has been Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill - something which may set him in good stead for Saturday's match, although Coyle is confident the 25-year-old will have already known plenty about the threats Rooney and Young pose.
"I think he is well aware of their qualities - I don't think those days in England training will have made him any more aware of how good they are," Coyle said.
"It means there might be a little bit of banter, but Gary being the professional he is, he already knows everybody's strengths and weaknesses.
"There might be one or two things he has picked up at close hand, though. Who knows?"