Berbatov stays grounded after match-winning hat-trick

20 September 2010 07:00

Dimitar Berbatov scored the first Manchester United hat-trick against Liverpool in 64 years - and celebrated with an afternoon at home with his kids.

Not since Stan Pearson in 1946 has a United player scored three times against their biggest rivals. But Berbatov's efforts at Old Trafford on Sunday were enough to seal a 3-2 win in an amazing game where, just as they did at Everton last week, the Red Devils threw away a two-goal lead before the Bulgarian headed the winner six minutes from time.

"It was probably my best day in a United shirt," said Berbatov.

- Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool / Wigan 0-2 Manchester City / Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool

"Obviously I am happy. I am going home with a smile on my face. But I am nothing special. I am going home to play with my kids."

If Berbatov's third goal proved decisive, it was his second that will live longest in the memory.

Controlling Nani's right-wing cross on his knee with his back to goal, the former Tottenham man let fly with an audacious overhead kick that left Pepe Reina rooted to the spot as it arced in via the underside of the bar.

Berbatov's first United hat-trick took his tally for the season to seven, which - considering Wayne Rooney is still struggling to find his top form - is a vital contribution for the Red Devils so far.

For virtually the first time since his club-record £30.75million arrival from White Hart Lane two years ago, the 29-year-old was given a standing ovation by a packed Old Trafford, with manager Sir Ferguson's praise ringing in his ears as well.

"Someone told me it was the first hat-trick in over 60 years, which tells you something about the achievement," said the United manager.

"I am very pleased with him. His form has been excellent. You do not see many overhead kicks like that coming off. It was a fantastic strike that hit the underside of the bar."

Source: PA