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Robin Van Persie again.Replicates Falcao by scoring a hat-trick.

Robin van Persie’s stoppage-time header completed a memorable hat-trick to rescue Manchester United a 3-2 victory over Southampton in a pulsating encounter.

Rickie Lambert headed Saints in front, before Van Per sie produced a touch of class to volley United level.

But the hosts got themselves back in front with a header from Morgan Schneiderlin before Van Persie’s dinked penalty was well saved by Kelvin Davis.

United poured forward and the Netherlands striker looked to have rescued a point when he stabbed home a rebound.

But the former Arsenal captain was not satisfied and wrapped up all three points with a superb near-post header to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson was victorious in his 1,000th league match in charge of United.

In another Sunday Premier League match, Arsenal secured their first victory of the season in impressive style at Anfield as they won 2-0 comfortably against a desperately poor Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger’s summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla scored their first goals for the club either side of the interval to leave new manager Brendan Rodgers presiding over Liverpool’s worst start since 1962-63.

Arsenal had the game’s outstanding performers in Cazorla and Abou Diaby and a third successive clean sheet will also have delighted Wenger and his new right-hand man Steve Bould.

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