January 16, 2012

Could You Really Fault Dimitar Berbatov If He Left?

Sky Sports is reporting that Dimitar Berbatov may be bringing his Manchester United career to a premature end - and could you blame him if he did?

Berbatov's uncanny skill was unparalleled
One of the most disliked players to ever suit up for the Reds, and at one point or another, Berba has fallen out of favor with Sir Alex Ferguson every season since he arrived from Tottenham in 2008.

Most are quick to forget, Berbatov ended the 2010/11 Premier League season as the Golden Boot Award winner with 20 goals as he helped United to their 19th title, but now he's seen as excess.

Over the first part of this season, Berbatov, despite the influx of injuries to every other striker, has failed to break into Ferguson's plans and is there comes a point when you have to say to yourself, "Enough is enough!" and move on.

Back in December, Ferguson both said that he had no intention of selling Berbatov, but that looks to be changing, like most of the manager's words these days. Berba has never once said anything bad about the manager, the club or the supporters, which means, if he does leave, he will leave with his head held high.

The popular news outlet said, "Dimitar Berbatov has been spotted catching a flight to Frankfurt amid reports of transfer talks with Bayer Leverkusen." And continued, "Sky Sports sources understand Dimitar Berbatov is travelling for talks over a return to Bayer Leverkusen, while there is also interest from Bayern Munich and Anzhi Makhachkala."

Berbatov is often the one blamed for losses, especially the recent back-to-back ones to Blackburn and Newcastle, it would be good for him to go to a club, a set of supporters and country that appreciate what a truly great footballer he is. Most complain about him costing £30m, but that's only because Ferguson was late to the table in 2006, as Spurs beat him to his signature and soaked United for £20m more two years later.

The amount that United will make from this sale is minuscule and will have no impact on their summer dealings, if there are any that is. So for somebody to make that point is quite foolish and the fact that some say that he won't be needed is even more laughable.

Let's see, last summer, Ferguson made a point of saying that he has seven strikers at the club and was unwilling to part with any of them, but in five months he could be without most of them!

Federico Macheda is off to Queens Park Rangers, which really could signal the end of his United career on his own volition in an attempt to get more playing time; It's also said that Wayne Rooney, even though the club, the manager and player adamantly deny it - that he could be off in the summer; Michael Owen can't stay fit and is out of contract in the summer; Mame Biram Diouf can't make a proper throw-in. So if Berbatov leaves, United could be left with two forwards - Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

This season those two, along with the other five, have all spent time on the treatment table and Berbatov's departure could put even more pressure on the depleted United squad.

In the end, you cannot fault Dimitar Berbatov if he has finally had enough of wasting his career away at Manchester United, but it will be a sad day to lose a player of his quality when supporters are crying for those sort of players.


Erik said...

In a odd way it would be nice if Berba left it would crush me as a United fan but as a fan of watching the beautiful he plays I would get to see him on the pitch more often (hopefully)

Anonymous said...

Would be really sad to se him go, but then again totally understandable. Berba has been loyal and done his job, despite being treated badly by Sir Alex. The low point came in the CL final, where he wasn't even on the bench. Being dropped again recently, despite scoring six goals in three games and Hernandez and even Rooney playing bad, signals how little Sir Alex must think of Berbatov.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sad time at our great club.Strife with the young and up coming potential stars of the future Ravel and Paul.
Farming out Kiko Macheda for experience to a toiling bottom of the table premiership side.Where his confidence will be surely crushed if they like Sampdoria are relegated.
Mame Biram Diouf likely to be loaned again to where-ever.?
Possibly selling the silky Bulgarian who has been treated so badly by United.Yet he still declares his loyalty to the club and is always ready and capable to play for United when asked.
Never runs his mouth of to the press or dis's the club.
Very sad days at United.
The cost of being eliminated from the Champions league in the group stages and the financial book having to be balanced.?

Anonymous said...

It is really sad to see such a wonderful player leave us. The guy is so easy on the eye, he must talk to the football as it seems to do exactly what he wants. I must say that it is very understandable for him to leave as a) SAF does not rate him that much for some odd reason and b) the supporters never really warmed up to him and again I can't understand this as the guy is pure magic with the ball at his feet.

Anonymous said...

You could say very much positive about Sir Alex. When it comes to Berbatov there's little positive about Sir Alex management, though...!

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that you dont research properly. Coz u saying al those strikers r leaving based on rumours. Might as well add hernandez to real madrid to that list .

Anonymous said...

so after our striker clearance ,we should have a huge transfer kitty 40million rooney , 20million hernandez, 10million berba, 8 million macheda &diouf . So who would you guys like to see us buy?

Anonymous said...

Beba is so good but too slow and has proven not to be a good extra man in defense many times he is walking back out after making runs and not reasy for the counter. We should be grateful to Berba though and i wish he did not have to go but the game has changed it plays faster and forwards have much more to do in terms of defending and making an extra body to go past.bim

Anonymous said...

Off topic how long do we have to be subjected to Mancini waving imaginary red cards. Another example of hypocrisy( after he 'called Wayne out during the Fa Cup derby) during the Wigan game.That City ground out a 1.0 win.
I liked him earlier i thought he had class and integrity.He appears to me 'under pressure'.

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