Dimitar Berbatov grabbed his third hat-trick of the season as Manchester United hammered Birmingham 5-0 an embarrassingly one-sided Premier League contest at Old Trafford.
Also starting the move that led to Ryan Giggs’s goal, Berbatov was imperious in all aspects of his game, leading the line with strength and poise and finishing with his head and boot as he carved a poor Birmingham side apart.
Nani added a late fifth in a match that plunged Birmingham back into a relegation dogfight and sent out a title warning to United’s rivals.
It should have been more. Ben Foster was overworked in the Birmingham goal, Nani was wasteful with his shooting and crossing and – when he did get his final ball right – Wayne Rooney missed an absolute sitter as his strange season continues.