Dimitar Berbatov celebrates a goal against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford.

Which Reds have scored four or more?

Thursday 07 February 2019 07:00

Manchester United have been blessed to have had so many potent goalscorers in our illustrious history.

Twenty years ago this week, our current caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remarkably scored four goals as a substitute during a thumping 8-1 win at Nottingham Forest in our Treble-winning season. 

Inspired by Ole’s exploits, we decided to delve through the records to recall the other occasions when Reds have replicated that impressive feat of scoring four or more goals in a single Premier League game... 

DIMITAR BERBATOV v Blackburn Rovers

The skilful Bulgarian enjoyed one of his best games in a United shirt when scoring five times in a stunning 7-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in November 2010. The no.9 gave the Reds the lead in just the second minute from Nani's delivery before Ji-sung Park made it 2-0 midway through the first half. Berbatov pounced on a poor backpass from Pascal Chimbonda to score the third before sealing his hat-trick with a firm strike from just inside the area. Nani lashed in to make it 5-0 before Berbatov followed up Park's blocked shot and then fired in an angled strike to make it 7-0. Chris Samba's late header was a mere consolation for the visitors as Berbatov became just the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game, after former United striker Andy Cole, Newcastle's Alan Shearer and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

Watch Berbatov's hat-trick strike in his incredible five-goal haul against Blackburn.


There was no stopping our record goalscorer, who did the damage on his own in a 4-0 triumph over the Tigers at the Theatre of Dreams in January 2010. Rooney opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute when he slotted in a rebound after a Paul Scholes shot was saved, but it took until the final eight minutes for him to add to his tally. After Nani's free-kick was pushed onto the woodwork by keeper Boaz Myhill, the no.10 soon smashed in an unstoppable drive to double the lead. Rooney then headed in Nani's cross to complete his hat-trick before firing in a low shot in the third minute of stoppage time to cap his superb performance.

ANDY COLE v Newcastle United

Coley was at his ruthless best against one of his former clubs in August 1999, when he bagged four goals in a 5-1 success over Newcastle - the team he joined the Reds from four years previously. The England international broke the deadlock in the 14th minute before an own goal from Henning Berg ensured the teams were level at the break. But Coley was in prolific form in the second period, taking just a minute to double his tally after Newcastle's Nikolaos Dabizas was sent off. His hat-trick was clinched in the 65th minute and his fourth came just six minutes later. Ryan Giggs put the seal on the win with 10 minutes remaining, but there was no doubting who was the star of the show on this particular occasion. 

Cole celebrates one of his four goals against his former club Newcastle with Dwight Yorke.


Ten months after scoring four at Forest, the Norwegian repeated the feat against the Toffees, in a 5-1 victory at Old Trafford in December 1999. After Francis Jeffers netted an early opener for Walter Smith's visitors, Denis Irwin restored parity from the penalty spot in the 27th minute after a handball by Richard Dunne. But then, it was all about Ole, who tore the Everton defence apart to ensure the game belonged to him. The Norwegian quickly put the Reds 2-1 up less than two minutes after Irwin's spot-kick. His second came just before half-time when he drove a fierce shot beyond Everton keeper Paul Gerrard before two more goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half - a header and a simple finish from close range - completed the scoring.   

Solskjaer gets the better of David Weir to score the second of his four goals against Everton.

ANDY COLE v Ipswich Town 

Coley was at it again at Old Trafford in March 1995, with the Suffolk side having no answer to his devastating form as he netted five goals in our record 9-0 Premier League win. Our no.16, captain Roy Keane, broke the deadlock in the 16th minute before Coley bagged a hat-trick, which he completed in the 53rd minute. Mark Hughes helped himself to two goals in five minutes just before the hour mark. Coley then became the first player to score five in a Premier League game, either side of a Paul Ince goal, as the Reds ran riot. 

Watch all of the goals from the 9-0 demolition of Ipswich Town at Old Trafford.
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