Belfast Telegraph

Berbatov calm after historic treble

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 north-west rivals.

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

"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.

"I never saw the ball go in the back of the net," he admitted.

"But when I heard the crowd scream it was easy to guess what had happened.

"It was a good goal but as long as the ball hits the back of the net it doesn't matter."

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