Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s first Premier League hat-trick in more than seven years as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men eased past Sheffield United at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie was the last United player to score a treble in the league.
Martial struck twice in the first half and completed his first senior treble with a delightful chipped finish over Simon Moore after collecting Marcus Rashford‘s return pass.
His heroics stole the spotlight from United team-mate Paul Pogba, who was making his first start since September 30.
Solskjaer’s side, unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions, remain in fifth place, but they are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Thursday.
United’s first win since the coronavirus hiatus was well deserved and Solskjaer suggested Martial’s role in it was down to hard work on the training ground.
“Very happy for Anthony. The third goal was a great goal, but for me the first and the second were better,” he said.
“He’s in the box, ready to go. We have worked on that, getting in the box in that situation more often.
“At the near post he showed composure. The first goal was vital, the way he turns and gets himself into a position to score from the cross.
“I’m very pleased with that. He’s in good form.”
Pogba and Bruno Fernandes held down United’s the midfield, distributing the ball with accuracy to Martial and Rashford.
However, for Chris Wilder‘s visitors it was another disappointing day. The Blades have failed to score in their first three games since the restart and their hopes of a fairytale run to Champions League qualification are fading as they are currently eighth on the table