United’s goal avalanche lights up Premier

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Wayne Rooney hailed an “incredible” Manchester United performance after his hat-trick inspired a 8-2 rout of Arsenal.

Rooney surpassed 150 United goals as Ashley Young (two), Danny Welbeck, Nani and Park Ji-sing all got their names on the scoresheet.

An under-strength Arsenal replied through Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie, but manager Arsene Wenger’s biggest Premier League defeat was soured further by the sending off of Carl Jenkinson. “The performance today was incredible” Rooney said. “Whether or not Arsenal have a full-strength squad every time we play them we have a go and try to score. They had some players out but that should take nothing away from us.”

Manchester United’s 8-2 rout of Arsenal today is one of the Premier League’s most one-sided contests. Here we look at the others.

Man Utd 9 Ipswich 0 - March 1995: Andy Cole led the way with five goals, with Mark Hughes (2), Paul Ince and Roy Keane also netting for United against an Ipswich team who finished bottom at the end of the season.

Tottenham 9 Wigan 1 - November 2009:

Striker Jermain Defoe scored five times and Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar also found the target, with Paul Scharner replying.

Chelsea 8 Wigan 0 - May 2010:

Carlo Ancelotti’s side hit seven or more goals for the fourth time in 2009-10 against Wigan, who had defender Gary Caldwell sent off on the half-hour. Didier Drogba (3), Nicolas Anelka (2), Salomon Kalou, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard’s penalty left Chelsea champions and on the brink of a League and FA Cup double.

Newcastle 8 Sheff Wed 0 - September 1999:

Alan Shearer bagged five goals - including two penalties - as relegation-bound Wednesday were routed at St James’ Park.

Aaron Hughes set the ball rolling, while Kieron Dyer and Gary Speed netted in the second half.

Nottm Forest 1 Man Utd 8 - February 1999:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came off the bench to fire four goals in the last 10 minutes in this rout of Forest, who went down at the end of the campaign. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke each got two goals, with Alan Rogers briefly levelling matters for Forest.