Berbatov's hat trick leads United

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, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

MANCHESTER, England -- Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat trick to lead Manchester United over Liverpool, 3-2, on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Berbatov scored the first two goals of the game, including an amazing bicycle- kick goal, then responded to a pair of Steven Gerrard goals with the winner in 84th minute.

The Bulgarian striker has six goals already this season, level with Chelsea's Florent Malouda for the most in the English Premier League after five matches.

Berbatov's hat trick was his first for United, and also the first for a United player against Liverpool since 1946.

"I'm told it's the first hat-trick for more than 60 years for a United player against Liverpool," United coach Sir Alex Ferguson said on the club's website. "That tells you what a big achievement it is."

Berbatov scored his first in the 42nd minute when he headed home a Ryan Giggs corner kick at the near post.

He opened the second half with the spectacular overhead kick, settling a pass from Nani with his knee, then unleashing the bicycle kick off the underside of the crossbar and in the 59th.

"When players try overhead kicks, I don't see many of them come off. But today it did. It was a fantastic strike, catching the underside of the bar. It was a marvelous attempt by him," Ferguson said.

Liverpool got one back in the 59th after Jonny Evans fouled Fernando Torres in the area and Gerrard converted to the right side for his first of the season.

Just six minute later, John O'Shea gave Gerrard a chance from just outside the box following a foul on Torres. Gerrard drove a low free kick inside the right post to tie the match in the 70th.

Berbatov wasn't finished and provided the game-winner with six minutes left in normal time. O'Shea provided a cross to the middle of the area and the striker rose to head the ball into the left side of the net.

United won for the third time in five matches and remains unbeaten, but trails Chelsea by four points. The Blues continued their perfect start behind a brace from Malouda in a 4-0 win against overmatched Blackpool on Sunday.

Salomon Kalou opened the scoring inside two minutes, Malouda added the first of his two goals in the 12th, Didier Drogba scored in the 30th and Malouda was on target again in the 41st at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea is perfect through five games, outscoring its opponents by 20 goals as it has scored 21 goals and allowed just one.

Also Sunday, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure scored to lead Manchester City to a 2-0 win over Wigan at DW Stadium.


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