Dimitar Berbatov, who set Manchester United back £30m, took a dreadful penalty in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton. With some fans already on his back, there was no way he was going to be forgiven for striking the ball so poorly.

Ahead of the Champions League final, Berbatov is hoping that the match won’t be decided on a shoot-out, recalling the hurt from Wembley a few weeks ago.

“It hurt a lot,” said Berbatov. “It’s very difficult when you make a mistake and everyone is trying to attack you. I’m not sure I’m going to take a penalty. Let’s hope it’s not going to get to that.”

Berbatov recognises that his massive transfer tag brings about more pressure and criticism of his performances but tries to just focus on the manager’s opinion.

“If I have to say something personal about my season, then it is always pressure,” he added. “I’m a realistic type of guy and my biggest critic. I know when a club pays a lot of money for a player the expectation will be higher, even if it’s ridiculous sometimes. I’m used to that and know everyone is expecting even more from me. But in the end it’s only important what the boss is going to say to me, if he is happy or not. If he says he is not, then I need to work to improve.”




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