Sunday 24 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Dwight Yorke made the most of a rare start to hit a first-half hat-trick past Arsenal as Manchester United, the leaders of the Barclays Premier League, marched towards the title with a 6-1 hammering of their nearest rivals at Old Trafford.
The striker, who was making only his second start in nine matches, put United ahead after only two minutes, but Arsenal hit back through Thierry Henry after 16 minutes. Equality lasted a mere two mnutes though, as Yorke struck again and he completed his treble midway through the half.
After scoring four in their past six matches United equalled that total after 25 minutes of this match through Roy Keane. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer made the half-time score 5-1 and Teddy Sheringham came on after the break to score and equal United’s record home 6-1 victory over Arsenal.
The victory sent United 16 points clear of Arsenal with only 10 matches remaining. They went on to win the title by 11 points from Liverpool with Arsenal finishing third.