Dimitar Berbatov can hardly be considered a legend of MU if you consider the true contribution of the Bulgarian striker in 4 seasons for “Red Evils”.
“Godfather” Berbatov “sticky” foot: MU star or Sir Alex’s big mistake?
Dimitar Berbatov (nicknamed “The Godfather”) announced his retirement in September last year to end a memorable career, coat and gain success at Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham and MU. He is remembered by MU fans not only for his ability to make goals but also for his skillful control of the skill, sometimes compared to “sticky feet.”
However, Dimitar Berbatov only stayed in MU for four seasons and did not stay at Old Trafford to witness the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson leading “Reds”, the 2012/13 season that Manchester United won the Premier League convincingly. with top scorer Robin Van Persie. Van Persie’s acquisition of Fergie from Arsenal while Berbatov’s push to Fulham indicates that it was a bad ending for the Bulgarian striker.
Dimitar Berbatov finally helped MU win the Premier League twice and finished second in the Champions League 2008/09 season, and was also the Premier League top scorer in the 2010/11 season. But the fact is that Berba, despite his talent, did not play a leading role in MU championships, and even the top scorer was due to a period of short-term explosive boom. rather than long-term stability.
That season Dimitar Berbatov had scored 20 goals for United to match Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez, but 11 of those came in just 3 matches. In the 2010/11 season, Berbatov did not even score in 7 matches in the Champions League, so out of 42 appearances that season, if you remove 3 matches scored 11 goals, Berbatov has only 10 goals in the remaining 39 matches (9 in the Premier League, 1 in the Community Shield).
So when Dimitar Berbatov lost his form significantly in the following season of 2011/12, Sir Alex had reason to push him to Fulham and with his fondness, he did not miss the opportunity to buy Van Persie. Fergie has seen Berbatov’s in effect before, having crossed out Berbatov’s name completely when United met Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2010/11. Berba has a rock that is difficult to make a difference when he does not press, but Barca has the ball too well.
Right from the first season of 2008/09 Dimitar Berbatov has revealed certain problems when playing with attacking goods including Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez. His playing style slows the pace of MU’s attack a lot, “Reds” with Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez or even before Louis Saha is one of the fastest counter-attack teams in Europe.
MU scored 80 goals in the 2007/08 season and then dropped to 68 in the 2008/09 season. Ronaldo scored 31 goals in the Premier League last season, the following season dropped to 18 goals, Rooney two seasons both scored exactly 12 goals while Tevez from 14 goals dropped to 5 goals. Tevez 2008/09 season reserve 11 games in the Premier League and the next season decided to defect to Man City, helping the club go to the first championship after being taken over by the UAE.
Dimitar Berbatov is beloved in the eyes of MU fans but his role cannot be compared to Nani, not to mention Rooney, Van Persie or Ronaldo. Berba’s style has belonged to the football of the 1990s. MU can still play well if Tevez stays and buys Berbatov money to strengthen the midfield or add a striker Chicharito size as a plan B.
Sir Alex may not admit it, but buying Dimitar Berbatov was one of his biggest transfer mistakes besides the sale of Jaap Stam. MU is no longer a European power, they finished the 2010/11 season with a fairly easy journey (Rangers, Valencia, Bursaspor in the group stage, Marseille, Chelsea and Schalke 04 in the knockout round) and the remaining seasons did not exceed the quarter-finals.
Dimitar Berbatov is a beautiful player, but the legend is not enough. Perhaps he resembles Andrei Arshavin at Arsenal, a star who sometimes “burns” and the remaining time shows an average face.