December 30, 2011

The Real Reason For The Demise Of Berbatov At United

A lot of people have had a great misconception that Javier Hernandez displaced Dimitar Berbatov in the Manchester United starting XI, but that couldn't be further from the truth because he isn't the player that forced him out.

Roo and Berba don't play well together
Wayne Rooney is the player that pushed Berba to the bench because, for whatever reason, the two players simply cannot play together - and there's only room for one of them.

If anyone thinks anything otherwise, all they have to do is look what happened when Rooney's head wasn't right and who was picking up the slack for the Reds - Berbatov.

The United No. 9 single-handedly carried the goal scoring burden on his own, and that helped produce his best-ever season at Old Trafford. Many people often forget that Berbatov has done something Wayne Rooney has never done - win the Premier League's Golden Boot. His timely contributions last season have been long-forgotten, because of how Rooney scored some vital goals down the stretch, but it's a shame that they cannot play off each other, because the club would certainly benefit the most by that.

People say that Berbatov is fourth-choice at United, which is true to an extent, but he's really only behind Rooney, because other two aren't his style. Over the last season and a half, Bulgarian has scored 24 goals in the Premier League, the same as Rooney and five more than Hernandez. However, it took Rooney 45 games (0.53 goals-to-game average) and Hernandez 42 (0.45 goals-to-game average) to notch those goals, while it has only taken Berba 39 (0.62 goals-to-game average). Welbeck isn't factored in because he wasn't at United last season - and his goals-to-game ratio from that same time period isn't very good, a 0.25 average.

How many other players in the history of United could score a hat-trick against their fiercest rivals - and it be lost among everything that happens on the way to the club overtaking Liverpool's league title total? Only Dimitar Berbatov.

Why? Because Berba and Rooney like to play in the same position - a withdrawn, deeper role. They are both architects of the attack, but they don't really work well with others. Many people have said that both Hernandez and Welbeck can play with Berbatov, but nobody ever associates him and Wazza. There's no chance of Berbatov making a dead sprint run in behind the defense, which is the pass that both Welbeck and Hernandez can do with ease.

Let's face it, Sir Alex Ferguson isn't going to bench Rooney - no manager in their right mind would - but, remember, that comes at a cost, a £30m one to be exact. The fans who constantly say that this player or that player isn't "United Class," have to understand that Berbatov is one of the best skilled players in the world at his position. Most call him lazy, but he's anything but. He's controlled and knows his strengths and weakness, which running like a chicken with its head cut off is the latter.

With only six months remaining on his current contract, Dimitar Berbatov would be a huge loss if he were to leave Manchester United - and, again, it's shame that him and Wayne Rooney couldn't strike up a partnership, because the club would be better off if they did.

17 comments:

Nitcoolish said...

I think what let to his demise was his inability to run with the ball at all!

He can finish pretty well that explains his goals. But play at United requires you to make goal than just wait for it to happen.

Dries Tindemans said...

Hernandez isn't someone who will make runs with the ball like rooney neither.. so your point makes no sense. You need players that create and people that are in the right position... You almost never saw Inzaghi run with the ball, but he was always in the right place to score a goal.

Hammons said...

Hold on, Berbatov runs very well with the ball at his foot. Deceptively strong, well balanced and very good skill. Very rarely do you see him knocked off the ball or have it stolen from him.

Ben Ross said...

Good points, but Berba's demise has come due to his weakness with the final ball. He is great at holdup play, but United need a target man to pair with Rooney. A big physical presence that can win balls in the air. Welbeck fits that better, but I think Dzeko or Gomez would have fit that role best. Berba needs to be in a system like Arsenal to thrive, where he can do clever 1-2s with a player like Ramsay or Arteta. My forward and midfield group with Berba in a perfect world - Berba as lone striker, Giggs playing right behind him, Young out left and Nani out right with Carrick RCM Cleverley LCM with Phil Jones playing the CDM role - assuming all are healthy

Ivor Irwin said...

I think you've nailed it, which begs the question: Why did Fergie sign him in the first place? He is a fine technician, but has never been right for United's preferred express-train transitional game. I doubt that any striker in the Premiership can perform comfortably in front of Berbatov--maybe a goal-hanger like Defoe. The fact that he scored often and then little speaks more for the patience and selflesness of his teammates than a self-absorbed Berbatov.

Anonymous said...

Baloney! Just tell Rooney to grow up and be a man. He and Berbatov can work together if they think team first and individual scoring second.

Ahmed said...

People who say Berba can't run with the ball are totally clueless. He's an absolute genius with the ball at his feet. Got the best close control among all United strikers. Very difficult to knock the ball off him. Totally disagree with the author as well. Berbatov and Rooney are the best strike partnership in the team. All his hattricks and the five goal haul came when he started with Rooney as his partner.

The United Religion said...

@Ahmed: His last hat-trick came when Rooney was on the bench. He was, however, on the field for the third and final goal.

Anonymous said...

When berba was signed football was aobut to take a shift in the direction which includes every man behind the ball when not in possession. Berba is one of the best in the world however like christiano when we need the exra man in defense as teams now attack with wing backs as extras both were like playing with a man short. berba should see more games but i believe SAF is putting together a side who attacks swiftly and retrieves the ball just as quickly and that is not Berba's game at all. Look at pre season and up to the time the team lost to city and see what the formation and approach was and as much as i love the guy he does not fit that. However he will be signed again because they are still a few teams that are difficult to break down with the short quick passing game and corners without some height . just my opinion . bim.

Anonymous said...

i thnk tats crap.....
berba ws top scorer bt he scored hattricks against small teams n 5 goals against balckburn.. rathr tan scoring consistently ovr d seasn....
n xcpt tat 1ce in a 64 year hattrick against lpool don remember him doin wel in ne othr big game..... do u?

besides rooney is a big game player , rises to to d ocassion , n above al an hero @OT.....

btw berba went on a 11 match goal drought last seasn.... no points fr guessing on wic player's return he strtd scoring again....

Anonymous said...

wow your article is awkward.
Still remember the 7-1 victory at Old Trafford last season? Guess what? Rooney's striking partner was Berba that day. I still remember the comments after the game saying that Fergie has created the next best striking partnership since Andy and Dwight. Keep in mind that we haven't witnessed the two together for a while now.

Anonymous said...

Utter nonsense! Rooney hasn't forced Berba out, he just simply doesn't fit into Uniteds way of playing. United have always been known as a team that attack very quickly and with great fluidity and Berba simply doesn't fit with that way of playing, he holds the ball up and slows the game down. That's no dig at Berba, I think the guy is a world class player, he simply doesn't fit into the jigsaw that is a United starting 11.

Anonymous said...

Berba mostly scores big when playing small teams, but thats ok 3 points is 3 points. What he rightfully is now is a very good substitute for Rooney, when Rooney is injured suspended etc.Regardless of who plays Hernandez is vital he creates room by drawing heat even if he doesnt score the others do, usually Rooney.The way United play there can be only one focal point once again it has to be Rooney.

Anonymous said...

Berbatov's demise came about when he missed several chances in that match against blackburn which gave chelsea the championship.Man united were unable to write another history of being champions four times in arow.By then Rooney was on injury.

Nitcoolish said...

Trick Q:
In United Vs Rovers first half
Name the player who "ran with the ball" for 0min
0 shots on goals and conceded a penalty?

I think it wasn't his fault...but actually Rooney's aura from the stands!

Anyway...as a united fan..i hope he gets a sitter iin the next half and HOPEFULY he scores from it.
GGMU

Anonymous said...

if berbatov could shown that he can play with hernandez,hernandez can learn a lot from him and benefit each other.this team would have more options on front, all players are great in this team, have to keep the ball the roling.

bradmiller said...

i have always thought berbatov should be the number 10. very controlled and smart with the ball. he is an excellent distributor and a goal scorer. good center mid.

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