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Dimitar on the way to erasing that ‘Berbaflop’ tag

There can be little doubt that the vast majority of Manchester United fans have been underwhelmed by the performances of the man for whom manager Sir Alex Ferguson spent a club record transfer fee of £30.75 million two years ago. Even those who have always appreciated the huge talent Dimitar Berbatov undoubtedly has were on the verge of giving up on him by the end of last season, accepting the fact that a move away from Old Trafford may be the best outcome for both the club and the player himself.

The unmistakable feeling that one now has however is that the former Bulgarian international is perhaps on the verge of finally showing the reason why Ferguson has always maintained faith in him. Some encouraging displays on the North American pre season tour were followed by a good 45 minute second half performance in the Community Shield defeat of Chelsea, spectacularly capped off by an outstanding late goal which led some to claim that they were reminded of the great Eric Cantona. The striker then had a fine game against Newcastle on Monday night which included grabbing United’s first goal of the new campaign.

Two factors may have combined to set Berba on the road to his resurgence. It has to be remembered that a niggling knee injury throughout most of last season never had sufficient time to fully heal and needed the long break which Berbatov was able to get by Bulgaria failing to qualify for South Africa. Then there was his surprise decision to retire from international football.

After the bright start to the season so far, Berbatov is confident that he has made the correct decision. “Everything comes to an end at some point” he believes “I said to myself a long time ago that when I got nearer to 30 I would step down and let the younger guys take over. You need to know when to stop and that was the right moment for me. Now I can concentrate fully on my football with United, have a bit more rest during the season and enjoy watching my country.”

“Football is like art” he maintains “my aim is to create beautiful things on the pitch and to help the team be successful. I want this to be our season. Our aim is to win the title back and I know we have the players to do it.” The decision by Berbatov mirrors the one recently made by Manchester United team mate Wes Brown who announced his retirement from the England team. It also follows the examples set in the past few years by Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar.

They are all convinced that their decision to quit international football has enabled them to extend their careers by allowing them to concentrate on nothing else but club commitments. One man who will undoubtedly welcome those decisions will be Sir Alex who has seen Rio Ferdinand, Nani and John O’Shea succumb to serious injuries while on international duty.

The next few months should give a good indication of whether that one decision may allow Berbatov to get rid of the demons which have frustrated his two years at Old Trafford. It may even result in that offensive ‘Berbaflop’ tag to be forever erased and for his huge talent to be finally appreciated.

Are you confident that United fans will see a new Berbatov this season?

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  1. Fergie is GOD. says:

    yes. I am a fan of Berbatov and hope this is his year as he deserves it, I really do hope we are finally going to see the real Dimitar Berbatov and can see him scoring 20 goals if he can keep his form. Berba haves all the talent in the world and now it’s time to show that he belongs at the biggest club in the world Manchester United. Wazza, Berba, Owen, Kiko and Chicharito is a great front line with the likes òf Giggs, Scholes, Nani, Valencia, Bèbè, Cleverley and the rest of the squad we can win the lot

  2. Matt says:

    It don’t look like it…once again too casual and slow on the ball and should have had the simplest of hatricks. Yes he does provide something different and it’s clear he has class, but if he wants to improve on last years goals tally and really impress fans he needs to be banging in the goals, particularly if Rooney is not going to achieve last seasons feat.

  3. GallasOfChelsea says:

    I have never felt this guy, i dont think he deserves to play for a club like Man Utd. He’s lazy, lacks desire, looks uninterested when we most need goals, does not take initiatives…and worst of all, he thinks he is done when he manages to score a goal. SAF shd get rid of him ASAP, we can do without him

  4. Chrisw says:

    I think part of the problem with Berbatov was the weight of expectation that came with the stupid price tag. Ferguson allowed himself to be taken to the cleaners paying £31m. But that was two years ago and maybe we can forget the transfer fee now? As just one more striking option available to us Berbatov is a valuable player. But he’s not Rooney and he’s not the new Cantona.

  5. Fergie is GOD. says:

    No Fergie did not allow himself to be taken to the cleaners, we made offers in region of 20-25m weeks before window shut but Spurs wouldnt talk then on last day they tried to disrespect Berba by accepting an offer from city who only wanted him because we did, but Fergie made sure that wasnt going to happen and Spurs finally grew up ad accepted an offer of 30.75m after we picked him up from the airport and bought him to the Theatre of Dreams for a medical, Berba only wanted to join us and did just that.

  6. Fergie is GOD. says:

    We also gave them Frazier Campbell on loan for the season. so Berbatov was actually worth £30.75m and Campbell on loan, but atlèast we got him and after 2 seasons where its just not worked as planned I believe Berba is ready to final prove he belongs at the biggest club in the wòrld. with this lineup of world class superstars and highly promising kids I know we will challenge on all fronts and can win the lot. time to take back OUR Premier Lge title.

  7. Fergie is GOD. says:

    this is totally of topic. if what I have just seen iz true than little average german boy Ozil is a clear money graber. 5 year contract at Real Madrid worth €5m a year and bonuses for success and appearances, that is €96k a week. so Real pay Werder Bremen €15m (£12.4m) and givès him a over inflated contract. bloody god thing we didnt want this over-rated mercenary, thank god Sir Alex Ferguson wasnt interested. Manchester United with our world class players and highly talented youth didnt need him.

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