Dimitar Berbatov gave a five-star performance against Blackburn Rovers in the match opposing the two teams earlier today, and ended the goal drought which followed after his hat-trick against Liverpool on the 19th of October. United were easy winners today, although they did concede a goal late on as Samba scored a consolation for Blackburn, but it was the best game so far for the Red Devils after some mediocre performances since the beginning of the new season, and the cameraman at one point even stopped on the scoreboard for some seconds, as 7-1 is the highest score so far United managed this season. And with the 5-goals scored, Berbatov has gained a place in the elite group of strikers, as since the Premier League was formed in 1992, only three other players managed to score 5 in a single game, namely Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, and Jermain Defoe.
Berbatov was on the scoresheet as early as the 2nd minute, as he tucked in a cross from Nani, which Rooney managed only to send in his way as he rose to go for goal himself. Rooney was in the mix again on the 23rd minute as his pass allowed Park to score the second, and comfort the advantage. Berbatov was again on the scoresheet on the 27th minute, this time thanks to a dreadful back-pass by Chimbonda which allowed Berbatov to complete his double. 3-0 at half time, and while most of us were thinking this is it for today, we were going to be proved wrong in the early minutes of the second half.
Again 2 minutes after restart, Berbatov this time completed his hat-trick, as he initiated a move from the back with Evra, collected the ball again from the latter, sent a pass to Nani on the wing, and this time Nani did not play it greedily, and passed for an unmarked Berbatov to score. One minute later, Nani was himself the scorer, as his tricks took him past Chimbonda, and he unleashed an unstoppable left foot shot past Robinson to score United’s 5th of the game. It was one of those games where everything went right for Berbatov, as he took full opportunity after Park’s initial shot was blocked, and smashed the ball in the net for his 4th, 6-0, 62nd minute.
The party was not yet over, as on the 70th minute he scored his 5th, and again he was lucky, as in an attempted pass to get Rooney score a goal in open play, the pass was blocked by a Blackburn defender, and fell kindly again to Berbatov, who only needed to slot it past Robinson, as the latter was destabilized by the resulting block. Rooney however did not get clear chances to score, although e made a good return to the squad, as he challenged for every ball, and went back defending when Evra was lurking in front, needs some time may be to get the killing instincts back. After the 7th goal, United loosened the pressure a bit, and Blackburn took the opportunity to score a consolation via Samba, but it was already game over by then, and a well deserved win for the Red Devils.
Also news that United are signing Danish keeper, Lindegaard, as Van Der Sar’s replacement, and will officially be a United player when the transfer window opens again in January, costing around 3.5M pounds if reports are correct.
In other Premier League games today, in an early kickoff, Arsenal won 4-2 away to Aston Villa, with goals from Nasri, Wilshere, Chamakh and Arshavin for the Gunners, while the Villains responded via Clark with a double, but Arsenal were too hot to handle on that occasion. Man City drew 1-1 with Stoke, same scoreline for Fulham-Birmingham, and 2-2 for Bolton vs. Blackpool, while Everton lost 1-4 at home to West Brom, and West Ham won 3-1 against Wigan, something rare for the Hammers this season.