Wednesday 27 November 2013
Manchester United stayed on top of the Barclays Premier League after Dimitar Berbatov scored five in a 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers.
Bulgarian striker Berbatov became the fourth player to score five goals in a Barclays Premier League match, after Andrew Cole (also for Manchester United, v Ipswich Town, 1995), Alan Shearer (for Newcastle, v Sheffield Wednesday, 1999) and Jermain Defoe (for Spurs, v Wigan Athletic, 2009) as the Red Devils put Blackburn to the sword with a clinical display at Old Trafford.
Berbatov opened the scoring after just two minutes, latching on to Nani’s delivery, before Park Ji-Sung made it 2-0 on 23 minutes.
It was soon three after Berbatov capitalised on a misplaced backpass by Pascal Chimbonda, before he sealed his hat-trick shortly after the interval by firing home from just inside the area.
Nani got on the scoresheet with a powerful drive to make it 5-0, and then two close-range strikes from Berbatov made it 7-0 with 20 minutes left. Christopher Samba netted a late consolation for the visitors, but Berbatov took the plaudits.
The victory over Blackburn was part of a 24-match unbeaten run at the start of the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League campaign by United, who went on to lift the Barclays Premier League title for the 12th time, finishing nine points ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.
As well as becoming the fourth player to net five times in a Barclays Premier League match, Berbatov went on to finish as the league’s joint-top scorer, along with Carlos Tevez. The Bulgarian scored 48 times in 108 Barclays Premier League appearances for Man Utd before joining Fulham at the start of the 2012/13 season.