Monday 18 December 2017

Berbatov's masterclass

Dimitar Berbatov returned to form in scintilating style as Manchester United steamrolled Blackburn Rovers to claim top spot in the Premier League yesterday.

The Bulgarian scored five times, his first time to find the net in any competition since his treble in the win over Liverpool in September, as Alex Ferguson's men ran out 7-1 winners.

Three of the goals had come by the break, with Berbatov scoring twice and Park Ji-Sung exchanging passes with Wayne Rooney for the other. Nani chipped in with his side's other goal as Berbatov wrapped up his hat-trick and then some after the break, with Chris Samba heading Blackburn's consolation.

"It was a fantastic achievement," said Ferguson. "He could have scored six too because Paul Robinson made a fantastic save near the end. When strikers are not scoring they don't think they are doing their job right. That has always been the case. Today it came back."

Berbatov follows former United striker Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermain Defoe as men who have netted five in a game since the new league was formed in 1992.

Berbatov had previously scored four in a game for Tottenham.

Earlier in the day, Arsenal had briefly sat at the summit thanks to a thrilling 4-2 win at Aston Villa, although they almost threw away a two goal lead for the second week running.

Sunday Independent

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