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Berbatov hat trick as Birmingham are swept aside

Precisely what was expected, a Manchester United stroll which could have easily reached double figures. As it turned out, Dimitar Berbatov led the rout of Birmingham City with his third hat trick of the season to cement his position as the Leagues leading scorer with 17 in his 19 appearances. With United having a game in hand over its rivals and both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City again surprisingly dropping points, should United be able to dispose of  Blackpool on Tuesday night the title chase may soon develop into a two horse race with Arsenal. The only disappointment in a sparkling display was the continuing inability of Wayne Rooney to find the net but his overall game suggested that he may not be far off from getting back to his explosive best.

United have now gone 27 Premiership matches since they last got beaten but any talk of going through the season undefeated is far too early to contemplate in a League where defeat can come when least expected. As things stand however, Sir Alex Ferguson must be more than satisfied with the way his determined bid for title number 19 is developing.

Manchester United  5 v Birmingham City  0

Daily Telegraph – Dimitar Berbatov scored his third hat-trick of the season as Manchester United routed Birmingham City at Old Trafford. The Bulgarian striker took his Premier League goal tally to 17 for the season as goals from Ryan Giggs and Nani completed a 5-0 victory. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was even able to rest first-teamers such as Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and the fit-again Paul Scholes ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in a game that proved routine for the league leaders.

Birmingham, who face West Ham in the second-leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at St Andrews on Wednesday, held United to a 1-1 draw on home turf last month thanks to a late Lee Bowyer goal. But once Berbatov opened the scoring for United after just 96 seconds, it was clear that Birmingham were not going to emerge from Old Trafford with another point to show for their efforts. cialis no prescription

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Birmingham City Official Website – Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick as Blues found Manchester United in irresistible form at Old Trafford. The Bulgarian put the home side ahead in the second minute with a header before rifling in a second on the half hour. Ryan Giggs capped a fine move to make it three just before the interval, Berbatov added a fourth ten minutes into the second half and then Nani completed the scoring with a fine finish with 14 minutes left.

Chances were at a premium for the Blues with their best chance falling to Keith Fahey who was unfortunate to not convert Matt Derbyshire's cross two yards from goal. Manager Alex McLeish handed a Premier League debut to young midfielder Jordon Mutch but the Blues faced an ominous task as soon as Berbatov was given the time and space in the six yard box to head home after John O'Shea flicked on a Giggs corner at the front post. Full Report

Manchester Evening News – Dimitar Berbatov completed his third hat-trick of the season as five-star Manchester United brushed Birmingham aside at Old Trafford. Bulgarian star Berbatov nodded the table-topping Reds ahead after just two minutes to set the tone, and he struck again just after the half hour. Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs' smart finish sent United in three ahead before Berbatov completed his treble after the break.

Nani then blasted home the fifth as the irresistible Reds further boosted their goal difference. Berbatov's other hat-tricks this season came against Liverpool and Blackburn – when he scored five – and he has now scored 18 goals in all competitions this season. Full Report

Manchester United – van der Sar, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra (Fabio 45), Nani, Anderson, Carrick, (Gibson 25), Giggs (Owen 55), Rooney, Berbatov GOALS Berbatov 2m, 31m, 42m, Giggs 45m, Nani 75m

Birmingham City Foster, Ridgewell, Johnson, Murphy, Carr, Mutch, Ferguson, Fahey (Larsson 65), Bentley (Gardner 83), Derbyshire, Hleb (Jerome 45)

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  1. Redscot says:

    Its a great night to be a Red not only for our result against the likely relegation fodder marshalled bye Mc Leish who knows this route.The result at Villa park completed in the last few minutes with £18 million pound worth of Darren Bent scoring in the 18th minute! perfect ;)City the pretenders.
    To me for the Blues it is second season Blues,it was always on the cards but you can only beat, well whip what is put in front of you.The players are hitting gear and enjoying themselves which is the object and i cant see anyone hurting us.I will put a small reservation on this without wanting to put a damper on anyones mojo.Blackpool took a sore one today at Bloomfield road at the hands of Sunderland, be warned the Seasiders will be hurting, if the have got anything with Ian Holloway in charge its grit and determination.We visit Blackpool on Tuesday.I hope Sir Alex does not take it lightly and as far as I know its the smallest football pitch in the Premiership.Our expansive football will not operate their.
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    We can kid ourselves and ignore a problem all we want! Wayne Rooney had not scored in six Premier league matches, if he failed to score today it will be his longest run without a home goal,set three years ago this month.
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    Chuffed as hell for Dimitar Berbatov just class and quality a true Rolls Royce of a football player. Cmon United. Looking down at you.:)
    ……….PD..GD.PTS
    1 Man Utd 22 29 48
    2 Arsenal 23 26 46 <~~~~~
    3 Man City 24 17 45<~~~~~
    4 Chelsea 22 19 38<~~~~~

  2. Baldrick says:

    And we still haven’t found top gear yet!

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