Wednesday 02 April 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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.