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Dimitar Berbatov's Hat Trick Gives Manchester United Important Boost

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Birmingham City at Old Trafford on January 22, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Niccolo ConteContributor IJanuary 23, 2011

The Bulgarian is a goal machine. Dimitar Berbatov has scored another hat trick, which was his third of the season. It was another routine home win for Manchester United, a 5-0 thumping of Birmingham City with all of Old Trafford revelling in Berbatov's predatory grace.

But it wasn't a one-man-band. Although he didn't score, Wayne Rooney provided two wonderful assists in his excellent display. The English striker was instrumental in almost all of Manchester United's build-up play, linking up wonderfully with his flowery touch. The only reason he wasn't on the scoresheet was because he missed a header about a meter from the goal, yet Rooney's return to scoring seems imminent.

These aren't just another three points for Manchester United.

Manchester City lost away against Aston Villa, with new signing Darren Bent scoring on his debut for Villa. His tap-in decided the match although Manchester City trying very hard to overcome a defensive Aston Villa team, which ultimately held on to the 1-0 victory. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal defeated Wigan Athletic with a simple 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. Robin van Persie scored all three, missing a penalty on the way to his hat trick. It's important to note that Wigan keeper Al Habsi was fantastic, keeping the score slightly respectable for Wigan.

Now the table has a slightly different look to it, with Blackburn hosting West Bromwich tomorrow and Chelsea still having to travel to play Bolton Wanderers on Monday. With a two-point lead over Arsenal, Manchester United are looking more and more comfortable in first place with two games in hand.

While they do have to play some tough games in the future, Manchester United doesn't seem worried about anything right now. As long as Berbatov continues shining alongside an ever-blossoming Rooney, they will have the title soon enough.

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