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Dimitar Berbatov’s hat-trick could kick-start United’s season

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Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Liverpool is just the shot in the arm needed to mount their title challenge. Sunday’s game gave United fans everything: tension, nerves, joy, despair, relief and of course Dimitar Berbatov.

The big Bulgarian has finally stamped his authority as a cult hero following his impressive hat-trick against Liverpool.- just as Deigo Forlan did back in 2002 following his brace against the Merseysiders at Anfield.

United’s attacking prowess and comfort on the ball shone through in a match where form goes completely out the window, only allowing Liverpool possession in non-threatening areas of the pitch. It looked as though the Red Devils had gifted Liverpool a way back into the game with two fantastic opportunities but Berbatov’s third goal was not just a win over Liverpool but a victory over complacency which reared its head, just as it did in United’s last two away games.

Ideally, this would be the perfect marker for United to set down to now go on an unbeaten run, however there is one problem...there are no easy games in the Premier League. As you look over the fixture list you will find a lot of teams who have caused United trouble in the past or have made them work hard for their points.

Although it can be argued the Premier League fixture list has been good to Chelsea in the opening five games while United’s first five opponents included three teams who took a total of nine points off United last season. Sir Alex didn’t expect easy games nor did he get them as the Reds were forced to fight hard for the points won, but judging by existing form Manchester United are more than capable of engineering a successful title challenge.

It’s still too early to be studying the league table as it hasn’t taken shape yet but at the same time nobody wants to allow any team to stretch their lead. Chelsea’s record so far has been impressive but they will face tricky opposition in the coming weeks in the form of Man City, Arsenal and Aston Villa with Marseille in the Champions League group stage sandwiched between. If Chelsea can maintain their 100 per cent record after the tests which lie ahead then surely they will justify themselves as favourites for the title.

Next up sees Manchester United take on Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup third round as the cup holders will line up a predominantly youthful team to face ‘The Iron’ in the two teams’ first competitive match ever, no doubt United will still be buzzing after a victory over the old enemy.

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