Featuring some content from Unibet (check out their site here), we bring you some of the Premier League’s greatest comebacks after Robin Van Persie’s hat-trick on Sunday was the latest as Manchester United fought back to win 3-2 at Southampton. But in the last two decades there have been countless comebacks in the greatest league in the world, with some with late, late goals. Here is United’s fight back and six others…
7. Southampton 2 Manchester United 3 – 2/9/2012
The newly promoted side were ahead twice, but thanks to an RVP hat-trick the Red Devils took the points. The Dutchman even managed to miss a penalty en route.
6. Manchester City 2 Fulham 3 – 26/4/2008
A pivotal game for The Cottagers, who would have been staring relegation in the face had they lost. And, after going 2-0 down early on it looked like their Premier League status was indeed doomed. But a double from Diomansy Kamara and a goal from Danny Murphy meant they lived to fight another day and eventually stayed up.
5. Arsenal 4 Tottenham 4 – 29/10/2009
Tottenham feature heavily in this list, and here they are with a late fight back to salvage a point at arch rivals Arsenal. The Gunners were 3-1 up and cruising, but a late Spurs rally saw Aaron Lennon equalise in the final minute.
4. Tottenham 4 Aston Villa 4 – 1/10/2007
Spurs again here, celebrating their 125th anniversary with a fight back at home to Aston Villa. The Villans were 4-1 up, but the home side, roared on by the White Hart Lane crowd, battled back with Youness Kaboul notching a leveller in the 90th minute.
3. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3 – 3/10/1999
Did you know Kanu is STILL playing football! The 83-year-old is currently looking for a club, but back in 1999 he was at the height of his powers and scored this wonderful hat-trick at Chelsea. The Blues had been 2-0 up with half an hour to go, but the Nigerian had other ideas and capped it with a brilliant curled winner.
2. Tottenham 3 Manchester United 5 – 25/9/2001
Tottenham yet again feature here, but Spurs fans won’t thank us for bringing this one up. Their side were 3-0 up at home to the Red Devils at half-time but Ferguson’s side fought back and scored five in the second half to well and truly turn this game around.
1. Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4 – 5/2/2011
Simply the greatest Premier League comeback ever: Newcastle were 4-0 down to the Gunners at half-time, and had barely touched the ball before the interval. But Pardew’s troops came out all guns blazing in the second half, stunning Arsenal with a barrage of brilliance which culminated in a late, late, Cheick Tiote volley that sealed a dramatic point.