Dimitar Berbatov is back in the headlines, this time, for all the good reasons. Its no secret that Sir Alex Ferguson uses the Bulgarian striker as a fringe player but perhaps the time has come for Berbatov to shine for the first time in his Manchester United career.
Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals against Blackburn Rovers, a match which United embarrassingly lost at Old Trafford against a bottom ranked side. Berbatov stood out with his performance in the second half and looked apart from the other players in red on the pitch.
But the main reason this blog post about Dimitar Berbatov has taken place (out of the blue), is the memorable hat trick against Wigan Athletic, which could be a major turning point for the Bulgarian this season. And if memory serves right, Berbatov’s hat trick against Liverpool last season was one of the highlights for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson prefers the likes of Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck before Berbatov at front. But their are signs that all of that could change or has already started to change. Apparently Berbatov has also agreed upon a 1 year contract extension which would keep him another season at Manchester United.
But it was only in the last summer transfer window that Manchester United were thinking of selling their squad man whom they had bought from Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 for a staggering amount of £30.75 million.
Two crucial criticisms of Berbatov has been 1) a low work rate and 2) failure to perform against bigger and stronger sides. The Bulgarian’s work rate has always been slow for clubs and country alike.
But his strengths lie in picking up crosses and killer instinct in front of the goal. Berbatov, at Tottenham Hotspur, was their star man just like Rafael Van Der Vaart and Gareth Bale are at present.
So how does the story unfold for the Bulgarian at Manchester United?