Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City midfielder has revealed his joy at providing the goals, three in all, that sent his side to the summit of the league.
A 3-0 win over a Swansea side facing a decline sent Leicester ahead of City, United and Arsenal, with Mahrez scoring all.
Mahrez completed a brace of goals as early as the 22nd minute, with the first coming five minutes in. His hat trick was completed just after the hour mark in an important win for the foxes.
“It was the perfect day,” Mahrez told Sky Sports. “We won, we’re top of the league and I scored a hat-trick to help the team to win so I’m happy and everything is good.
“It is my first ever hat-trick in my small career.”
Mahrez’s treble took his Premier League tally to 10 goals, with only record-breaking team-mate Jamie Vardy having found the net more often with 14.
But Mahrez remains focused on ensuring Ranieri’s men maintain their Premier League status, even though they are two points clear of nearest rivals Arsenal with 32 points.
“Now we’re first but the most important thing is to have the 40-42 points and then after, maybe if we get those points then we can speak about something else,” Mahrez added.
“But at the moment we just want to have the 40 points and then after, we will see.”