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Southampton 2 United 3

A Robin van Persie hat-trick secured a vital win for the Reds over the Saints.

Click on the main image to view a gallery of photos from St Mary's

02/09/2012 18:38, Report by Gemma Thompson

Gallery: Red fightback

It looked like it was going to be a day to forget on the South Coast for the United, but Robin van Persie, eventually, ensured it was one to remember for Sir Alex Ferguson in his 1000th league game in charge.

Southampton put up a brave fight throughout the 90 minutes and took the lead twice. But we all know the Reds never give up and we had van Persie to thank, twice, for drawing us level. He may have missed a penalty between the two equalisers, but all was forgiven as the game went into injury time and the Dutchman headed home a brilliant winner to complete his first hat-trick for the club on only his third appearance.

Club photographers John and Matt Peters and others from Getty Images were on hand to capture all the drama as it unfolded at St Mary's and you can view a gallery of photos by clicking on the main image above.

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