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Berba: I Left United With My Head Held High

After United won the record breaking 19th title with Dimitar Berbatov the Premier League top scorer, he found himself out of favour the following season and only started 12 games in the league. Despite racking up 7 goals in these appearances, he was on the bench most weeks as fourth choice striker.

Berbatov made a £5m move to Fulham this summer and has scored 3 goals in 5 starts for the London club. Reflecting on his time at United, Berbatov has conceded that he did need to play more but didn’t question Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision.

“I left Manchester United with my head held very high,” he said. “I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played. I was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench. Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager’s orders. I never considered myself to be a star — only a forward working for the team.”


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46 Comments

  1. Dela says:

    Always a top class guy, one of my favourite united players of all time

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Thank you to Dimitar for 3 great years and 57 quality goals.
    Unbelievable that he got the golden boot in 2010-11 given the fact that he couldn’t get a game for the run in.

    Keep on talking us up Berba and we will continue to support you as well. I would never hold the few words you said in anger as any more than sheer frustration. But no more of that eh. Best of luck to you and your family. Onward!

    100% Class act for me.

  3. Bobby charlton's combover says:

    No doubt that he left with his head held high. He kept a dignified silence when others would have gone on strike. All fans wanted him to do well and wish him well. Unfortunately when Fergie takes a ‘disliking’ to someone it’s curtains.

  4. Saad says:

    Where the frick is the “Like” button???

  5. Saad says:

    Where the frick is the “Like” button???

  6. parryheid says:

    And we saw the result of making him PNG.One title surrendered.

  7. wayne says:

    World class striker with a skill set very few players have.Should’ve been 2nd striker last season and Utd would’ve won 20,I have no doubt about that,his skills are amazing

  8. Andromeda says:

    I would love to remind united fans about a comparison between a loyal, respectful, world class player [Berbatov] and a moron, greedy, traitor [Tevez]….I will always respect Berba.and will remain a faithful fan of him, truly one of the rarest talent ever wore united shirt..you are legend Berbatov….are you listening Tevez?

  9. chichagiggs says:

    i don’t think i’ve felt as strongly for another united player as i did for berba…. from the day he signed for us, till right now, i’ve felt nothing but pure admiration and respect for the man. those feelings increased in intensity as i saw him deal with the situations last year with dignity and respect. Keep scoring goals my man. You are one of a kind.

  10. Marq says:

    Nothing but respect for him. Like it or not, the half a season he & Nani carried the team while Rooney was looking for a better contract will be remembered

  11. Ice Cube says:

    The guy has class. It’s a shame he left, but I see the reasons why and I see no regrets from the boss.

  12. Ash says:

    He is no way a flop for us. It was because of his genius we won the 19th.

  13. ididnotzeeit says:

    Absolute class Berba.

    Re: Marq – Like it or not, the half a season he & Nani carried the team while Rooney was looking for a better contract will be remembered

    Truer words have not been spoken. When I think of Berbatov`s time here I immediately think of that season and that spell. Historic title and couldn`t have been possible without Berbatov playing at his best in a United kit.

  14. Dela says:

    Berba playing some stuff for Dylan right now, goal and assist to make it 2-2. I still expect arsenal to win but still, kudos Berba.

  15. dMuzikManUnited says:

    Berbatov running the show versus Arsenal. Classy player.

  16. Dela says:

    Lol Dylan? I meant fulham, stupid auto correct lol

  17. markyboy says:

    Head held high..bout the only time you took it off the pillow, lazy. let down united too many times.

  18. slim says:

    MARKYBOY

    nah fella, berba never let United down, you maybe, but never United

  19. dMuzikManUnited says:

    Berba nailing Arsenal.

  20. thedonmassawe says:

    As you should Berba, as you should!

  21. King Eric says:

    Another brace today and an assist. I loved Berbatov as regulars on here will know BUT RVP is a different animal altogether. A BIG GAME player, simple as.

  22. thedonmassawe says:

    Berba doing the business for Fulham. Would have liked for him to go to Juve he deserves the CL.

  23. King Eric says:

    Hey up slim. Saw you address me on an earlier thread. How are you pal? Yeah Tom is sound. 11 months old now!!

    Everyone always mentions the Scousers or Blackburn games for Berba. One of my favourite Berbatov moments was the Blackpool away game. A right comeback that one. Led by this man.

  24. united.george says:

    C’mon Berbatov, need a hat trick!

  25. Costas says:

    Damn right.

    He’s showing us again today why he was a flop.

  26. thedonmassawe says:

    C’mon Berba, I’m due for a Berbagasm ! Though it wouldn’t be as special :(

  27. thedonmassawe says:

    Poor Fulham

  28. Dela says:

    Good man Berba, hard earned point for Fulham, 2 goals and a lovely assist. LOL @ Arteta.

  29. dMuzikManUnited says:

    Deserved point for fulham. Great game. Enjoyed as a neutral. That Bryan Ruiz guy is decent. Come on, United. 3points.

  30. UNITED4Life says:

    He is no where near RVP fact.

  31. Marq says:

    And Rooney is nowhere near Messi

    So whats your point?

  32. Ante Perkovic says:

    Proffesional as aslways, great player we will remember you. Thanks for everything <3

  33. echofox says:

    a legend. One of my all time favourite players

  34. slouchie1472 says:

    He should leave with his head held high he was left on the sidelines most of last season didn’t publicly strop about it I’m glad he’s doing great at fulham

  35. slim says:

    King Eric

    I’m good mate, wow your lads almost a year old. Time flies eh. Good to hear he’s doing well. How abou you?
    As per RVP, big game player indeed. The match over in Portugal sealed the tag for me. Looks fucking class and effortless.
    I can imagine Cedars pulse. Had this place soaked with pre-cum when we signed him, can only imagine the mess he’s leaving around these days :-)

  36. Hans says:

    If he had taken his chances in that fateful match, FA-semifinal against Shitty at Wembley, his United career would not have gone pear shaped!!!!!!

  37. napstar says:

    Good luck..you are a class act

  38. akanemo says:

    two goals and an assist against Arsenal i was ooh-ing and aaah-ing all game looking at the flicks and control.

  39. brett1985 says:

    As predicted things are much better now that berbashit has left. It’s just a pity that we still have to put up with topics like these from people who are aggrieved that they were wrong about Berbatov all along.

  40. Scott N1406 says:

    Everyone thought he was crap when he played for us, now he’s gone everyone loves him. I remember people laughing at a young bloke with a shirt with Berbatov’s name on the back. Thankfully I appreciated him when he was here, trying to tell the two who sit either side of me that he was actually pretty good. Never quite fitted in our team, it seemed, but his touch, technique and passing were exquisite. Never seen such a accomplished forward.

  41. weagglewobble says:

    Berba is top notch… Just glad tht none of the top clubs came in for him.. He would fit in seamlessly in any of the top EPL teams… The likes of chelsea, liverpool n arsenal could do with a player like him.. glad hes at fulham !

  42. Mr C says:

    ‘Everyone thought he was crap when he played for us, now he’s gone everyone loves him.’

    I didn’t – I thought he was a supremely talented and, more importantly, an intelligent player who didn’t get his fair shakes last season in particular – too often wrongly benched for lesser or out of form strikers. Berbatov’s goals per game ratio has always been good, never mind his assists. This matters as it cost us. Last year, the season after we won the Premiership with Berba as top scorer we lost out on the title on goal difference with him sitting on the bench game after game…madness…I guess that’s OK with his knockers. Anyway that’s all water under the bridge now and good luck to Berba at Fulham.

    Thank God for van Persie’s arrival and good to see Chico’s regaining his scoring touch.

  43. SimonJ says:

    I have to agree with Berba here but his style just didnt suit us. Think back pre 2008 and when we played with Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney the tempo was so quick. Evra bombing down the wing it was great. Berba just slowed things down. His style of play is better off in Italy I think

  44. Louis says:

    what a picture. reminds me of those rum ads

  45. Nasko 1 says:

    Nothing but respect for him.Should’ve been 1st striker last season and Utd would’ve won 20,I have no doubt about that,his skills are amazing.

    Good luck..you are a class act

  46. we'llmissyouNO9 says:

    ooh aah dimitar!!!
    we’ll never forget you berba, we know how u feel.
    but believe me, u’re one of the finest we ever had and u made history with us.
    nevertheless, u’re far far better than that clueless welbeck.
    all the best for ur future.
    just hope u dont celebrate if u do score against us =)
    cheers.

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