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Wednesday 02 April 2014

On this day in 2011: Rooney hat-trick downs West Ham

We remember when Man Utd came from behind to win at the Boleyn Ground

We remember Wayne Rooney's hat-trick against West Ham United and Thierry Henry inspiring Arsenal to victory over Norwich City

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

2 April 2011 - West Ham United 2-4 Manchester United

Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to seven points from Arsenal as a Wayne Rooney hat-trick inspired them to a come-from-behind victory over West Ham United.

The home side looked to be in control of the fixture when Mark Noble put the Hammers two ahead after 25 minutes with two penalties after Patrice Evra was penalised for handball and Nemanja Vidic fouled Carlton Cole.

"We played like champions today"
Sir Alex Ferguson

But with 65 minutes to go, United began their fight back.

Rooney got the ball rolling with a fine 25-yard free-kick while he scored the equaliser eight minutes later with a diagonal shot from Antonio Valencia's cross.

He claimed his hat-trick from the penalty spot when Matthew Upson handled inside the area while substitute Javier Hernandez sealed victory with a tap in six minutes from time.

"We played like champions today," said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "We didn't lose our faith in our ability and that was a great boost to us. It was a real championship performance."

Manchester United did indeed lift the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League trophy as they finished nine points clear of Chelsea while for West Ham, the United defeat began a run of seven losses in the final eight matches which led to their relegation to the Championship.

  • Mark Noble put West Ham ahead with two first-half penalties

  • Wayne Rooney's equalising goal came from Antonio Valencia's cross

  • Rooney put Man Utd ahead from the penalty spot

  • Javier Hernandez sealed victory with six minutes to go

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick against West Ham United