Our leading marksman, Wayne Rooney, scored eight hat-tricks for United, leaving him fourth on the all-time list behind Law, Rowley and Dennis Viollet. That haul is one more than Sir Bobby Charlton, the man whose goals record he overtook. The former Reds and England captain scored two trebles against Bolton Wanderers and, famously, marked his debut in 2004 with one against Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in the Champions League.
The last Academy or youth-team product to notch one is Paul Scholes, who shone in a 6-2 romp at Newcastle at St James’ Park in 2003. Mark Hughes, Whiteside, McIlroy and Andy Ritchie are others to achieve the feat. George Best hit six in an 8-2 triumph at Northampton Town in the FA Cup in 1970, matching Harold Halse’s tally in the 1911 Charity Shield win over Swindon Town.
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