MANCHESTER UNITED 6
(Ronaldo 49 70 88, Tevez 55, Ferdinand 85, Tevez 90)
Old Trafford, 12 January 2008
United: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra (Simpson 67), Ronaldo, Carrick, Anderson (Fletcher 72), Giggs (Nani 72), Rooney, Tevez. Subs Not Used: Kuszczak, Park.
The managerless Magpies were shown no mercy after a goalless first half in which Sir Alex accused his players of "trying to walk the ball into the net".
The floodgates opened after Cristiano Ronaldo's opener and the Portuguese star went on to bag his first and only hat-trick in the division as keeper Shay Given must've started to feel like he was in a firing range.
To make matters worse for the visitors, former Red Alan Smith was sent off for dissent after Carlos Tevez had added a late sixth when his shot crashed down off the bar and over the line.