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Hat-tricks by Berbatov, van Persie

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ON THE BALL:Birmingham City's defenders can only watch as Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov scores the second of his three goals in the English Premier League on Saturday.

LONDON: Dimitar Berbatov struck a hat-trick as Manchester United cemented its lead at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham.

Berbatov took his goals tally for the season to 18 goals in all competitions as the Blues were brushed aside at Old Trafford in style, evergreen midfielder Ryan Giggs and Nani scoring the other goals for the Red Devils.

Arsenal kept pace with the league leaders after Robin van Persie struck a hat-trick — and missed a penalty — to secure a 3-0 victory over 10-man Wigan at the Emirates.

Van Persie's hat-trick saw the Gunners leapfrog Manchester City into second place, two points off the lead.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Tottenham scrambled a point at Newcastle after Aaron Lennon scored in injury time to equalise Fabricio Coloccini's 59th-minute strike for the Magpies. The result saw Spurs hold on to fifth spot.

Brace by Torres

In the early kick-off, Kenny Dalglish recorded his first win since returning as Liverpool manager as the Merseyside giant secured a 3-0 away victory at Wolves.

Two goals from Fernando Torres and a sensational Raul Meireles effort ensured a vital three points for Liverpool, which moved up to 10th after a dominant display at Molineux.

The win was Liverpool's first away from home since October, and only its second of the season.

Dalglish's first three matches in charge since he replaced Roy Hodgson earlier this month had seen defeats against Manchester United and Blackpool before a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Everton last week.

The result left Wolves one place off the bottom after West Ham was denied a vital win by Everton in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Goodison.

West Ham looked to have hauled itself out of the relegation zone when Frederic Piquionne fired it 2-1 ahead on 84 minutes, after Everton's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had cancelled out Jonathan Spector's first-half strike.

But Marouane Fellaini snatched an injury-time equaliser to thwart West Ham, which now remains at bottom.

At Bloomfield Road, Sunderland bounced back from this week's disappointing loss of striker Darren Bent to Aston Villa to record a 2-1 win over Blackpool, Kieran Richardson bagging a brace of goals.

The results: Arsenal 3 (van Persie 21, 58, 85) bt Wigan 0; Blackpool 1 (Adam 86-pen) lost to Sunderland 2 (Richardson 15, 36); Everton 2 (Bilyaletdinov 77, Fellaini 90) drew with West Ham 2 (Spector 26, Piquionne 84); Fulham 2 (Dempsey 33, 56-pen) bt Stoke 0; Manchester United 5 (Berbatov 2, 31, 53, Giggs 45, Nani 76) bt Birmingham 0; Newcastle 1 (Coloccini 59) drew with Tottenham 1 (Lennon 90); Wolves 0 lost to Liverpool 3 (Torres 36, 90, Meireles 50) . — Agencies

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