United overturned a goal against the run of play to defeat Bolton 2-1 in the Manchester Senior Cup at Altrincham's Moss Lane.
Larnell Cole provided the crosses for both goals with Nick Powell and Federico Macheda making it six points out of six in the competition for the top-of-the-table Reds.
United took a little while to get the passing game going although Larnell Cole looked bright from the outset. Powell had the first effort but shot over the bar after a neat spin while Jesse Lingard also mustered an attempt on the turn that tested Lewis Fielding.
Bolton's clearest opening in the first half fell to Gregg Wylde, who found himself through on Sam Johnstone's goal but the keeper was out quickly to block the finish. The Reds regained control as Macheda's snap-shot again worked Fielding before the Italian striker rolled agonisingly wide from Lingard's perfect through pass.
That proved to be the closest the two sides came to a goal before the half-time whistle although Lingard did force Fielding to tip a stinging drive over the top when Powell escaped with what looked a clear foul in midfield.
Warren Joyce's side began the second half with much more purpose and should have broken through. Michael Keane's goalbound shot was blocked by Oscar Threlkeld and Powell's 30-yard scorcher was matched by Fielding's save. Somehow Wanderers survived a Tom Thorpe header and dangerous Powell centre and Lingard twice failed to finish, with the second opening coming after a brilliant run through the middle and a return pass from Cole.
Completely against the run of play, Ben Hampson rose to head a Wylde corner into the net to stun the home crowd and play became very scrappy after the goal with a couple of stoppages for injuries to Bolton players. Lingard blazed a volley over the bar as the Reds struggled to mount a sustained response until the 78th minute.
Good work by Ryan Tunnicliffe and Lingard allowed Cole to scamper down the right and deliver a hanging cross that was crying out for a finish and Powell nodded in a rare headed goal for the former Crewe youngster. United were in full flow and Macheda completed the turnaround following another Cole assist, the top scorer taking a touch to control it before hammering past Fielding and high into the net for his sixth strike of the campaign.
The impressive Cole almost added a third when showing great poise inside a crowded box but his drive clipped the bar as the hosts certainly deserved the victory on the overall balance of play.
United: Johnstone; Veseli, M.Keane, Fornasier, McGinty; Cole, Thorpe, Tunnicliffe, Powell, Lingard; Macheda. Subs not used: Januzaj, Sutherland, Blackett, James, Barmby.