Wingers Ryan Giggs and Nani were the other scorers at Old Trafford for United, which swept to an easy victory to now make it 22 games without a defeat. Berbatov, who leads the Premier League with 17 goals, became the first player to score three Premier League hat tricks in a season since Ruud van Nistelrooy achieved the feat for United in the 2002-03 campaign.
Arsenal moved into second place as they beat Wigan 3-0 with Robin Van Persie scoring all three Arsenal goals. in front in the 21st in a one-sided match against 10-man Wigan at Emirates Stadium and the Netherlands international added further goals in the 58th and 85th. He blotted his copybook by missing a second-half penalty, which would have taken him to seven goals in his last three games.
Manchester City slipped to third after losing 1-0 at Aston Villa. Darren Bent made his debut for Villa and immediately started to repay that club-record fee of 18 million pounds with the only goal in the 18th minute. City dominated the second half but couldn’t find a way through a resilient Villa defence.
Kenny Dalglish finally got his first victory since returning as manager of Liverpool as the Reds defeated Wolverhampton 3-0 away thanks to Fernando Torres’ double and a sublime volley by Raul Meireles. The loss keeps Wolves in the bottom three, level on 21 points with bottom side West Ham, which conceded a late goal at Everton to draw 2-2.
West Ham twice took the lead against Everton, through Jonathan Spector and Frederic Piquionne, but both times Everton fought back, with first Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scoring and then Marouane Fellaini equalizing a minute into injury time.
Elsewhere and Arron Lennon goal in injury time gave Spurs a share of the points at Newcastle while two goals from Kieran Richardson’s proved enough for sixth-place Sunderland against Blackpool. Midfielder Charlie Adam got the hosts’ consolation at Bloomfield Road.