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Robin van Persie is a hat trick hero

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Last year's spectacular campaign gave way to a pretty miserable 2013-14 season for Robin van Persie, but he's broken out of his shell to produce his best performance of the year when his team needed him most. The Flying Dutchman has scored a hat trick for Manchester United after just 52 minutes at Old Trafford on Wednesday, putting them 3-2 up on aggregate against Olympiacos.

Van Persie's first goal came from a penalty that he drew and his second was a tap-in from open play, set up by Wayne Rooney. His third was this absolute beauty.

Not only has van Persie been great, he's creating chances and scoring in multiple ways. United are now in control, but Olympiacos only need one goal to reclaim control of the tie.