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27/12/2009 19:07, Report by Gemma Thompson

Berba hails strike partner

Rather than bask in the glory of firing United's third goal at Hull, Dimitar Berbatov was the first to acknowledge the brilliant assist from strike partner Wayne Rooney, who inspired the Reds to a 3-1 triumph at the KC Stadium.

Rooney had put the visitors in front with a close-range finish seconds before the break, but inadvertedly handed the Tigers a route back into the match with a poor back pass to Tomasz Kuszczak which eventually led to a Hull penalty.

Rooney set about rectifying his error straight away and laid on both of United's second half goals. Berbatov had nothing but praise for the England international, who he described as "unstoppable."

"Wayne did fantastic for us - we were joking in the dressing room that he had three assists to his name!" Berbatov told MUTV. "He bounced back after their goal and made both the second and third ones which was great.

"If he can keep playing the way we know he can then I don't think anyone can stop him. He's still young and the future is ahead of him."

The victory helped United reduce Chelsea's lead at the league summit to two points and Berbatov is convinced the Reds will finish the season in top spot.

"I think we are in a great position. There are still a lot of games to go and it will be difficult, but in the end I think we'll end on top," he insisted. "We've had a difficult time with injuries, but we still have a great squad and players are starting to come back and we will go on a winning run now.

"The boss knows what to do in terms of changing things when he needs to and I'm sure we'll finish on top at the end of the season."

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