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Photos: Van Persie hat-trick seals late win for Manchester United

Last updated on: September 2, 2012 23:21 IST

Photos: Van Persie hat-trick seals late win for Manchester United

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Robin van Persie struck twice late on to complete his hat-trick and seal a dramatic 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Dutchman's penalty miss with his side trailing 2-1 looked to have condemned United to a second defeat in their opening three league games but he made amends with two poacher's goals in the dying minutes to steal the points.

His 92nd-minute header was his 100th Premier League goal and his fourth in three appearances for United since he joined from Arsenal for 24 million poundsin the transfer window.


Image: Robin van Persie of Manchester United is congratulated by his team mates
Photographs: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Podolski on target as Arsenal cruise past Liverpool

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Earlier, Lukas Podolski, the man tasked with filling the prolific Dutchman's boots for Arsenal, opened his account in English football in a 2-0 victory at Liverpool.

It was Arsenal's first win, and first goals of the season, after two 0-0 draws, while Liverpool's solitary point from their opening three fixtures is their worst start for 50 years.


Image: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski
Photographs: REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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Aston Villa hold Newcastle United

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In the day's other match, Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Aston Villa, leaving Southampton as the only top-flight side still without a point.


Image: Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa
Photographs: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

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