Erling Haaland set a football record that not even Cristiano Ronaldo can claim after his hat-trick in the Manchester derby, becoming the 14th player to receive a 10/10 rating from L’Equipe.
The Norwegian’s hat-trick was his third in just eight games, making him the quickest to the milestone in Premier League history by far.
Before the devastating striker moved from Borussia Dortmund this summer, Michael Owen’s 48 games to score three hat-tricks was the fastest and he is already level with Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Son Heung-min for the number of goals scored.
The performance against Erik ten Hag’s side was so good that even French newspaper L’Equipe had to give him a perfect score, and not many people manage to get that.
The newspaper is known for marking its players quite harshly and only 13 players before the 22-year-old have ever managed to get a full rating.
Apart from Haaland and Messi, the other players who have earned full points are Franck Sauzee, Bruno Martini, Oleg Salenko, Lars Winfield, Robert Lewandowski, Carlos Eduardo, Neymar, Dusan Tadic, Lucas Moura, Serge Gnabry, Kylian Mbappe and Alban. Lafont.
Phil Foden was unlucky not to add his name to the list, with the England forward also bagging three goals in the game and finishing with a rating of 9.9.
It would be just the second time in the history of the ratings that two players from the same match had received a full 10 out of 10.
The previous occasion it happened was also the first time L’Equipe gave someone a 100% rating, France U21s beat Greece U21s in the European Under-21 Championship in 1988.
Foden opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a brilliant finish from Bernardo Silva’s cross from the left of the area, and United were lucky not to fall further behind when Ilkay Gundogan hit the post from a free-kick.
He doubled his tally before half-time, getting on the end of De Bruyne’s through ball, with an outstretched leg helping to deflect the ball past David de Gea.
After Antony pulled one back for the visitors, Haaland completed his hat-trick, firing home from the penalty spot after Sergio Gomez’s cross.
Foden then claimed his first career match ball, once again set up by the blonde monster of football, when he smashed the ball past De Gea with his left foot.
United then gained some pride when they scored two goals late on, both through Anthony Martial, but in truth they were absolutely battered.