Ronaldo’s record-breaking hat-trick put into perspective with Kevin Nolan stat

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Cristiano Ronaldo was back to his imperious best for Manchester United on Saturday as Ralf Rangnick's side beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in a thrilling game.

The Portuguese ace fired a sensational hat-trick as United returned to the top four with a dramatic victory over Spurs.

Antonio Conte’s side had no answer to Ronaldo’s brilliance as his hat-trick contained a 30-yard thunderbolt, a calm and composed close range finish, and a perfectly timed and executed header.

It was the perfect performance at the perfect time for Ronaldo, whose absence for last week’s chastening Manchester derby defeat dominated the headlines.

But one stat, arguably more remarkable than his three goals itself, emerged after he headed his and United’s third goal.

Ronaldo scored his 10th, 11th, and 12th goals of the current Premier League season.

However, it was only the second time he had scored a hat-trick in a Manchester United shirt.

While the 37-year-old netted an extraordinary 34 hat-tricks while playing for Real Madrid, he has only managed to score three times in a single match on two occasions for United.

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Even though he hammered home 84 Premier League goals for the Red Devils in his first stint between 2003 and 2009, his only hattrick came in a 6-0 demolition of Newcastle United in 2008.

As well as doubling his United hat-trick tally with his majestic performance against Spurs, he also drew level with former West Ham United, Newcastle United, and Bolton Wanderers ace Kevin Nolan.

Nolan, who is also a coach under David Moyes at the Hammers, contributed two Premier League hat-tricks during his 16 seasons in the Premier League.

Not that Ronaldo or Rangnick would be sweating too much over his lack of Premier League match balls.

The Reds’ vital victory against Tottenham means they will definitely finish this evening in the top four.

Victory for Arsenal against Leicester City will see the Red Devils tumble back into the Europa League places, however, United have certainly given themselves a fighting chance for the Champions League places.

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