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Man Utd stage comeback to sink Blackpool

The Premier League leaders were 2-0 at the interval, but a brace from Dimitar Berbatov and one from Javier Hernandez keeps them unbeaten.

Manchester United launched another staggering second-half comeback to wreck Blackpool’s Tangerine dream with a 3-2 victory at Bloomfield Road.

Ian Holloway’s men were full value for their two-goal half-time lead thanks to United old boy Craig Cathcart and DJ Campbell.

But the introductions of Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez turned the game on its head, the Mexican scoring the visitors’ equaliser either side of a Dimitar Berbatov brace as the Red Devils went five points clear at the Premier League summit.

Cathcart rose unchallenged and powered a header past a motionless Edwin van der Sar to break the deadlock.

Elliot Grandin scooped a 12-yard effort over the bar and David Vaughan brought an excellent save out of Van der Sar, which as it turned out, only staved off Blackpool’s second by 30 seconds.

Darron Gibson got his head to the ball from a Charlie Adam corner but he only succeeded in turning it to Campbell, who bundled home at the far post.

If Luke Varney had been granted the penalty he was convinced should have been awarded when Rafael sent him tumbling, Blackpool would almost certainly have won.

Berbatov was on hand to tap United back into the contest and within two minutes they had bagged another as Giggs’ magnificent chip sent Hernandez streaking through to finish.

Even the departure of Rafael on a stretcher that required 10 minutes injury time failed to halt their momentum.

And when Paul Scholes sprayed a magical pass to Berbatov, the Bulgarian blasted home his fifth goal in four days.

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