So far this season Manchester United have barely got themselves out of first gear, at times they haven’t even managed to take the handbrake off, yet they have managed to go unbeaten and remain in contention at the top of the table . Well on 27th November 2010, that all changed. Straight from the off, United started to play with a fluidity and confidence not seen at Old Trafford this season. Rooney’s public apology mid-week seemingly lifting the monkey off his back, although not actually finding himself on the score sheet, he was a serious contender for man of the match, he ran the show today, controlling play, linking up brilliantly between the midfield and Berbatov as part of a 2 man attack.
Anderson also shone today, showing us exactly why Ferguson signed him with incredible energy, vision and drive.
However, today belonged to our beloved Bulgarian Berbatov, everything went his way today and he put himself firmly into the record books as he became only the 4th player to score 5 goals in a single premier league fixture (alongside only Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermaine Defoe).
His first came within 2 minutes of the kick off, clinically finishing Nani’s cross. His second latching on to a poor Chimbonda back pass on 27 minutes before smashing the ball passed Robinson to take Manchester United 3 up at the break, after Ji-Sung Park had superbly completed a Cantona-esque style pass from Rooney.
Berbatov didn’t have to wait long after the restart before completing his hat-trick. Nani again involved with a nice pull back from the right for Berbatov to hammer home into the centre of the goal to take a 4 nil lead only moments before Nani made it 5 with a similar run before cutting back inside and smashing the ball passed a now crestfallen Robinson.
Berbatov wasn’t in the mood for resting on his laurels and took his match tally to 4 on 62 minutes following up on a blocked Park effort and added the icing on the cake only 5 minutes later calmly finding the net from a tight angle.
With over 20 minutes left on the clock, United could have gone on to rack up a cricket score, however it was Blackburn that found the net with a consolation from Chris Samba to frustrate Edwin van der Sar and deny him a clean sheet.
7-1 the final score, not only was it a crushing victory against a usually resilient Blackburn Rovers, who let’s not forget, managed to frustrate us in our last meeting, holding us to a no score draw, but the manner of the victory that finally gave the Old Trafford faithful a display to be proud of.
Let’s hope this is the start of United switching gears in pursuit of our 19th title..