Berbatov's Appreciation Thread

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I think Neville said something along the lines of Tevez downed tools in his final months. Basically Tevez got frustrated and felt insulted because Utd and Fergie didn't value him at 25m. He was clearly worth that amount and it was at that time we started looking at "value" in the market.
Yeah he downed tools as well, but I think it was Ferdinand who said he never gave any effort in training, even before the Berbatov signing. Good player, but terrible professional, and glad we got rid of him.
 

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Strange how Berbatov gets so much love from United fans compared to Martial when he was even lazier and cost us Tevez as well.

The fact Fergie dropped him from the Champions League final squad in his last season showed even Fergie one he messed up buying him
That was a mistake from Fergie. He had Owen on the bench. Fergie needed someone to hold up the play against Barca and Rooney was not that man and he left the one player in our squad who can actually do that. We would have been more effective if the likes of Rooney and Park were running off Berbatov.
 

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Just a point that you lot seem to forget.
Berbatov had world class positioning.
But in Spurs he had lesser teammates always trying to find him. In United we always have stars who want to shine. 8/10 times Nani or Rooney, or any other forward to be fair, would try the screamer or to finish by himself instead of passing to Berbatov. Just watch 90% of our screamers or individual effort goals while he’s on the potch. Always finds the position to receive a pass and easy finish.
If he had received more passes in the box, he would have had at least 6-7 goals more per season.
People also underrate his debut season because of the Everton penalty. He provided A LOT of assists and was a great instrument in our success in 08/09!
 

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I think his biggest problem is that our football did not suit his.
 

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Summer 2009 - we let Ronaldo and Tevez go and signed Owen, Valencia and Obertan. Valencia turned out to be a decent RB but that was an absolute sh*tshow of a window. I was 16 at the time and couldn’t believe what we were doing. How could the greatest manager of all time not see what terrible business this was?
This was the start of United's demise. Sir Alex build United by himself and kind of destroyed his legavy by few very questionable decisions during last 3, 4 years of tenure.
 

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This was the start of United's demise. Sir Alex build United by himself and kind of destroyed his legavy by few very questionable decisions during last 3, 4 years of tenure.

He destroyed his legacy at United while stil winning leagues and keeping us very competitive? :lol:
 

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This was the start of United's demise. Sir Alex build United by himself and kind of destroyed his legavy by few very questionable decisions during last 3, 4 years of tenure.
Rob Smyth account.
 

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That was a mistake from Fergie. He had Owen on the bench. Fergie needed someone to hold up the play against Barca and Rooney was not that man and he left the one player in our squad who can actually do that. We would have been more effective if the likes of Rooney and Park were running off Berbatov.
Exactly. I said the same thing even then. He was one player who could hold the ball up and also create. We never got hold of the ball in areas forward. To this day I believe something happened between them. I think it was the save by the City keeper in the cup game against Berba. He didn't even let him win the top scorer position by not playing him.
 

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He destroyed his legacy at United while stil winning leagues and keeping us very competitive? :lol:
Just like Barca's demise started with the sale of Neymar, even though they still won the league and did reasonably well in Champions League. Not signing proper midfielders and Replacing Ronaldo and Tevez were Sir Alex's glaring errors, even more so than appointing Moyes.
 

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This was the start of United's demise. Sir Alex build United by himself and kind of destroyed his legavy by few very questionable decisions during last 3, 4 years of tenure.
Happy new year :lol:
 

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He surely must be the most popular Bulgarian? He will get it.
Unfortunately he didn't. I'm actually gutted about it.
Berba teamed up with Stilian Petrov and Martin Petrov (used to play for Wolfsburg and City just before the take over). But as it is there's too much corruption going in Bulgarian football. Which had alcoholics for presidents in the past quarter century.
 

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Great player and servant to the club but he was on/off when playing for us, gets you 5 goals per game/hat-trick against liverpool and then goes on a heskey-esque drought, his omission from the CL final starting 11 showed how much Fergie doubted him (you always play your best players)
 

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This was the start of United's demise. Sir Alex build United by himself and kind of destroyed his legavy by few very questionable decisions during last 3, 4 years of tenure.
While I agree that transfer window and the ones that followed were a complete shitshow by SAF (bar DDG/RVP), the guy won even more with those players, so what tarnishing are you tarnishing?
 

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As mentioned above it hurts to say since Berba loves us and Tevez is a Cnut but SAF signing Berba over Tevez was one of the worst decisions he made and ruined the way we play
 

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I'll never get the Berba-mystery: his background and upbringing suggest he'd be a hard as nails, tenacious, motivated worker of a player. But on the pitch I always found him outrageously passive given his talent. He talks an amazing game, but for me just didn't live up to his talent.

I remember when we signed him hoping he'd be our 10 and everything would go through him given how good his touch and vision were. Instead he was a somewhat emphemeral striker that didn't score that many goals.