Blackburn Rovers’ England international goalkeeper PAUL ROBINSON looks back with regret as Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR BERBATOV of Manchester United scores his side’s seventh goal at Old Trafford on Saturday. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR BERBATOV bagged a noteworthy five goals as MANCHESTER UNITED laid waste to BLACKBURN ROVERS 7-1 and conquered the summit of the English Premier League (though Chelsea have yet to play).
With the five goals in one Premiership game for the Red Devils, the 29-year-old striker almost equaled his league total (six goals from twelve games) coming into the match with the soon-to-be blasted Blackburn Rovers.
Berbatov, who scored a cheeky goal in the FA Charity Shield against FC Chelsea to start the season, has now scored 12 goals including that strike from 17 appearances for Manchester United this term.
With England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY out of the line-up for much of this season, Berbatov has lifted his strike rate thus far; the Bulgarian international scored 12 goals in 43 competitive matches for Manchester United last season.
Berbatov becomes the first non-Englishman to boast five goals in a single match since the Premier League was inaugurated for the 1992-93 season and joins an exclusive club which includes only ANDY COLE, JERMAIN DEFOE, and ALAN SHEARER.
On a side note, at this moment there is no confirmation to the rumor that Blackburn Rovers are the preferred Premier League squad of North Korea dictator KIM JONG-IL and that Berbatov’s explosion and South Korea World Cup midfielder PARK JI-SUNG’s goal on Saturday at Old Trafford were a coordinated attack in response to the current events which unfolded during the course of the week.