Liverpool, Real Madrid, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, QPR and Fenerbahce players did it; with one Southampton lad unfortunate to miss out.
It was Sir Alex Ferguson’s day at Old Trafford as the club bid him farewell after 27 glorious years in charge at the club.
Despite Swansea City trying their best to spoil the party with a spirited display in the end it was Rio Ferdinand who scored the last ever Old Trafford goal of Sir Alex’s reign when he smashed the ball into the net from close range with such ferocity it forced him into checking on the health of said net after the game on Twitter.
But what caught my ears and had my brain churning was a comment passed from Martin Tyler to Alan Smith regarding the former Arsenal man’s record against Sir Alex; including being one of only seven men to have scored a hat-trick past the legendary manager.
And it sparked a hell of a ding-dong in the Nash household as we all started to debate who the players to achieve the feat might have been.
So I dusted off the archives of Google news and trawled for information in regrards to anyone else to bag three past Sir Alex in ninety minutes plus Fergie time.
So for anyone else just dying to know here are the seven in question with one contentious nomination for a former Southampton player also included as the phantom eighth.
Peter Beardsley (16th September 1990) - Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United
Alan Smith (6th May 1991) - Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United
Dennis Bailey (1st January 1992) - Manchester United 1-4 QPR
Ronaldo - (23rd April 2003) - Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid
Sanli Tuncay - (8th December 2004) - Fenerbahce 3-0 Manchester United
David Bentley - (1st February 2006) - Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Manchester United
Dirk Kuyt - (6th March 2011) - Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United
One player who is unlucky to miss out has to be Egil Ostenstad. The Norwegian thought he grabbed a hat-trick for Southampton in the 6-3 pasting back in 1996; only for the Dubious Goals Committee to take one away as a Denis Irwin own goal.
So there you have it. Now go and impress your mates with that knowledge down the pub on your way home from work.
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