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Berbatov saves United from 'travesty'
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed yesterday that it was a "farce" and a "travesty" that Liverpool scored twice to bring the scoreline against Manchester United back to 2-2 before Dimitar Berbatov's third goal of the game won the match for United in dramatic circumstances. In typically provocative style, the United manager said that his team should have won "by a cricket score" against their bitter rivals before two defensive errors allowed Steven Gerrard to score twice and bring the game level. Flying in the face of hard evidence to the contrary, Ferguson also put the penalty and free-kick from which Liverpool scored down to "bad decisions" by the referee, Howard Webb, and his linesmen. The result means that United stay third in the Premier League, level on points with Arsenal. The leaders Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-0 win over Blackpool, taking their goals record to 21 in just five games. Manchester City are fourth after a 2-0 win away at Wigan Athletic. Berbatov's first hat-trick – and the first by a United player in this fixture since Stan Pearson's in 1946 – made for what the Bulgarian said was a "magical day". "I am going home with a smile on my face," said the notoriously morose striker. "But to my kid I'm nothing special and tomorrow is another day."
Sam Wallace, The Independent
All the papers laud the Bulgarian striker who admitted after the game it "was probably my best performance for United," before adding "but I don't want it to be the last."