Dimitar Berbatov was at the center of attraction as he scored a hat-trick for the Red Devils, with other goals from Valencia and Park for a 5-0 win against Wigan at Old Trafford, and to put United level on points with Man City, but still second in the table due to City still having a +5 goal difference over the Red Devils, as they drew 0-0 at West Brom, a draw which keeps United in the race to pip them their first place at any other wrong step by the Citizens, provided of course United keep up their wonderful run in the coming days.
The Red Devils started really well, and it took 8 minutes for Park to find the back of the net following a good run by Evra in the box followed by a nice cut-back pass to the former. Wigan tried to get back in the game, but their hopes were doused when on the 40th minute, Sammon saw red for an elbow aimed at Carrick, although it seemed a bit harsh for the Wigan man, as Carrick was not injured except for a slight blow, but as rules state that any elbow aimed at an opposition player can be sanctioned with a red, the ref stuck to the rule and sent him off. United took little time to react back, as Berbatov found the net for the first time in the match as he drilled a shot past Al Habsi in Wigan’s goal. 2-0 at half time, more goals were to come surely given Wigan were 1 man down.
Indeed, Berbatov found the net again on the 58th minute, as he finely took Valencia’s pass past Al Habsi again. Valencia then got himself on the scoresheet as well on the 75th minute, as he drilled a low shot past the desperate Wigan keeper. Berbatov concluded the game with a hat-trick on the 78th minute, this time from the spot, after Park was fouled just inside the box, and with Rooney leaving the Bulgarian to take the spot-kick instead. However, yet again United had to deal with another injury, this time with Evans off, as he had to be replaced at half time, and thus, with already Carrick and Valencia doing the defensive duties, it may seem that SAF will have to find one defender to keep the backline tight, as Vidic is out for the season, and Ferdinand as well keeps getting sidelined with injuries.
Earlier, Chelsea and Fulham drew 1-1 for the Boxing Day kickoff, and while United were rolling on, West Brom did them a favour by holding Man City 0-0, and at Anfield, Liverpool were held 1-1 by Blackburn. The Boxing Day was indeed full of surprise today, and tomorrow Arsenal face Wolves, with Van Persie looking to break the goal scoring record.