The last United player before Dimitar Berbatov to score three hat-tricks in a season was Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03.

Our free video shows all of Ruud's goals from the following games:

23/11/2002 - United 5-3 Newcastle United
22/03/2003 - United 3-0 Fulham
03/05/2003 - United 4-1 Charlton Athletic

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22/01/2011 18:12, Report by A Bostock, M Shaw

Video: Hat-trick magic

After Berba's third hat-trick of the 2010/11 season, we recall the last time a United player scored three triples in a season...

Dimitar Berbatov's third goal against Birmingham City had hacks and stattos scrambling to StretfordEnd.co.uk to find the last time a Reds star scored three hat-tricks in a campaign.

They didn't have to go too far back - eight years ago, Ruud van Nistelrooy achieved the feat with a trio of triples against Newcastle United, Fulham and finally Charlton Athletic. Like Berba, the Dutchman notched all of his hat-tricks at Old Trafford and all in the league as United pipped Arsenal to win the 2002/03 title race.

Our free video respectfully recalls Ruud's three hat-tricks - but here's to Berba going one better in the remaining months of the season.


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