Date: 2nd September 2012 at 6:25pm
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2-1 down, 5 minutes to go? No problem when you have one of the Premier League’s best strikers in your side.

As expected a spirited Southampton side pushed all the way, but it was that made the difference as the striker hit his first hat trick to give his side a somewhat underserved 3 points.

Lambert gave Southampton the lead on 16 minutes after he climbed above to nod past but Van Persie elegantly pulled level converting from an cross.

Southampton took the lead again when Schneiderlin capitalised on Patrice Evra’s slip in the box to head past Lindegaard on 56 minutes, and they proceeded to make the game even tougher for United, setting up to nullify everything threw at them.

caught a break and had the chance to pull level after Van Persie was scythed down in the box, but his chipped penalty was saved.

It looked like it wouldn’t be United’s day and Southampton would ruin Sir Alex’s celebrations but United weren’t ready to give up just yet.

Van Persie made amends bundling over from close range after Rio Ferdinand’s header hit the post on the 87th minute and then 2 minutes into 4 of injury time Nani’s corner was nodded in by Van Persie to complete his hat trick and complete United’s comeback.

The goal was also Van Persie’s 100th Premier League goal and I don’t think United fans will have ever been happier to see him celebrating.