Van the man for Fergie

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Updated: September 2, 2012

Robin van Persie hit a stunning hat-trick as Manchester United fought back to win 3-2 at Southampton in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1 000th league game in charge.

Van Persie looked like ruining Ferguson’s landmark celebrations when he missed a penalty with United trailing 2-1 midway through the second half at St Mary’s.

But the Dutch forward showed why Ferguson splashed out £24 million to sign him from Arsenal last month with two clinical finishes in the final three minutes to snatch the points from Southampton’s grasp.

France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa rescued a point for Newcastle with a superb equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at St James’ Park.