Dimitar Berbatov The First Manchester United Player To Score A Hat-Trick Against Liverpool Since 1946

Bulgarian pulls off tremendous feat...
Dimitar Berbatov scored a fantastic hat-trick against Liverpool in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over their fiercest rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Berbatov, who has been often criticised in the past for not living up to his full potential, has certainly given his doubters something to think about after an excellent display.

The player's £30 million price tag has raised a few eyebrows, but on Sunday night Sir Alex Ferguson will be saying that he is worth every penny.

The Bulgarian scored a stunning overheard kick for his second goal to put the home side 2-0 up but Liverpool fought back to make it 2-2 through a Steven Gerrard double.

However, it was fitting that the Bulgarian would have the last word and score a header in the closing minutes to make the scoreline 3-2.

It is the first time a Manchester United player has scored a hat-trick in this derby in 64 years when the Old Trafford side thumped Liverpool 5-0 in September 1946.

This feat was achieved by Stan Pearson who made 312 appearances for the club, scoring 127 goals in the process.

Pearson was signed as an amateur for Manchester United in 1935 but his career was put on hold due to the Second World War breaking out.

He then went on to help the team to win the FA Cup in 1948, scoring in the final. Pearson is regarded as one of the best strikers ever to play for the club.

After today's showing, Berbatov joins him in the club's history books.

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