Dimitar Berbatov struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester United claw recovered from two goals down to beat promoted Blackpool 3-2 in a thrilling game on Tuesday.
United were staring at their first defeat of the season after Blackpool dominated the first half and Charlie Adam corners created headed goals for defender Craig Cathcart and striker DJ Campbell.
United manager Alex Ferguson sent on Ryan Giggs as a substitute and the veteran's influence crushed Blackpool's dreams of a major upset in their biggest game for 40 years when Berbatov volleyed in on 72 minutes and substitute Javier Hernandez equalised with a cool finish.
With Blackpool's players visibly tiring, Berbatov snatched all three points for United with a clinical strike in the 88th minute to send his team five points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table.
It was a match that felt like a cup tie, such was the obvious disparity between the sides.
The stand shook when the fans leaped around in celebration, while Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had said in his programme notes he had to "commandeer the chairman's office because my office is a little too small to be entertaining Sir Alex".
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