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Gerrard: We deserved more

Hat-trick hero Dimitar Berbatov has pleaded with his Manchester United team-mates to stop making things so complicated.

Berbatov came to United's rescue at Old Trafford yesterday, scoring the dramatic late winner - and becoming the first man to score a hat-trick against their old rivals since 1946 - to seal a 3-2 win over Liverpool.

Yet the heroics would not have been necessary if United had retained the two-goal cushion Berbatov had presented them with before the interval.

Instead, Steven Gerrard scored twice to pull the Merseyside outfit level. Given United threw away a two-goal advantage at Everton in injury-time last week and contrived to draw a game they thought was won at Fulham last month, Berbatov believes it is time his team-mates started to learn a few lessons.

"Let us hope in the future we won't complicate it so much," he said.

"We have to keep working and improving on that.

"There is a long way ahead of us but hopefully in the end we will be on top."

Liverpool might look back on World Cup final referee Howard Webb's decision not to send John O'Shea off for his foul on Fernando Torres that provided Gerrard with the free-kick from which he equalised as the pivotal moment.

Yet Sir Alex Ferguson felt the final scoreline was "a farce" as it did scant justice to his side's dominance.

Certainly there was no disputing Berbatov's right to finish on the winning side, particularly after his brilliant second when he controlled Nani's cross, then beat a static Pepe Reina with a perfect overhead kick that crashed in off the underside of the bar.

"I never saw the ball go in the back of the net," he admitted.

"But when I heard the crowd scream it was easy to guess what had happened.

"It was a good goal but as long as the ball hits the back of the net it doesn't matter."

Not that Berbatov was hitting the town in celebration. Never one to hog the headlines, even though his tally for the season now stands at an impressive seven, he preferred to head straight home.

"It was probably my best day in a United shirt," said Berbatov.

"Obviously I am happy. I am going home with a smile on my face.

"But I am nothing special. I am going home to play with my kids."