"I'm definitely delighted," he told MUTV. "It's always good to get goals - especially playing in the Reserves and getting my first hat-trick. I'm proud and happy.
"I think the first goal brought us back in the game, especially playing with the wind in the second half. It helped us, but it helped them too in the first half. It's a fair game!"
The blustery conditions at the Marston's Arena made for a difficult evening - particularly the first half when United were playing against the wind - but skipper Tom Cleverley felt the Reds handled them well.
"Obviously we were against the wind in the first half and they made it hard for us," he said. "They camped us in at times. We're a team that like to get it down and play, so I thought we coped pretty well. In the second half our football showed.
"It (the captaincy) was a bit unexpected with all the big names out there, but it's always good to captain your side to a win against City!"