LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Robin van Persie returns to the top of the Barclays Premier League scoring chart with a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 3-0 win of Aston Villa on Monday.
The three goals pushed Man United to 84 points and another Premier League title, their 20th league crown and 13th in the EPL.
Van Persie now has 24 goals in the EPL, one more than Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who has 23.
It took the Dutchman just 82-seconds to open the scoring and then doubled the lead with a brilliant strike 12th minute. The former Arsenal forward wrapped things up in the 33rd minute.
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale, who helped Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 3-1 on Sunday has 18, Michu (Swansea City) has 17, while Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Demba Ba of Chelsea both have 15 goals so far in the EPL this season.
Top English Premier League Scorers on April 22
24 Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
23 Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
18 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
17 Michu (Swansea City)
15 Christian Benteke (Aston Villa); Demba Ba (Chelsea)
14 Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
13 Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham); Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion)
12 Santi Cazorla (Arsenal); Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
11 Olivier Giroud (Arsenal); Theo Walcott (Arsenal); Marouane Fellaini (Everton); Carlos Tevez (Manchester City); Steven Fletcher (Sunderland); Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)
10 Juan Mata (Chelsea); Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Adam Le Fondre (Reading), Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic)