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Berbatov: Don’t Compare Me To Legend Cantona

Dimitar Berbatov scored his sixth goal for Manchester United yesterday, getting his foot around the ball perfectly to blast it in to the back of the net, showing the class we are becoming accustomed to in our new striker.

Comparisons were made between him and Cantona as soon as the deal to United was completed, but with every game there are more references to their similarities.

Berbatov has asked for the comparison to be stopped as well as explaining why he signed for United.

“I am just myself,” said Berbatov. “I don’t want to be compared with anybody else – especially a legend like Cantona. If you ask some of the guys here, I am the quiet one. I don’t talk much. I prefer to listen and watch. I’ve been like that all my life.”

Berbatov has also hit back at criticism levelled at him from those in the Spurs camp.

“I don’t play for myself, I play for the team,” he added. “You have 75,000 people supporting you every game, the most successful coach in the world and the best players in the world. What more could you want to try and improve? At 27, I’m in the final stage of my development as a player and to be able to do it with this team is fantastic.”

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  1. Devilinho says:

    love this guy..
    he has more than we expected in him..
    his touch and control on the ball is second t none.. i believe whenever he starts to hit his peaks by scoring every match and he will, we’ll have a new type of legend different to the King..

    finally he should improve his acceleration (his speed from standing).

  2. PeeJay says:

    I agree, newspapers always feel the need to draw comparisons but I don’t see why anybody else has to.

  3. Sam says:

    the only comparison i’d make is with teddy sheringham, he came from spurs to win things

  4. Hughsie88 says:

    He is a player who, at 27, does not rely on pace, but rather on unrivaled control and technique and a fantastic football brain – he could be playing top level football for another 6 years. The more I see him the more I like how he plays and what he does for the team. Yesterday’s goal reminded me of Cantona against the dippers in the FA Cup, noone expected a shot from the angle he was at. Shouldn’t compare the two because that gives Berba a billing to live up to, and not sure how he would react to that, but its difficult when both exude such an aura of self confident brilliance.

  5. Red-Manc says:

    Nobody will ever be the same as The King, Cantona was not only a fantastic footballer but he had a fantastic personality that nobody will ever be able to match.

    But Berbatov’s style of play does remind me of Cantona, but like he says he cant be compared. Ive been really impressed with Berbatov so far


  6. SteRDLK says:

    I still think their are some games when he just shouldnt’ play as his style won’t fit in with our tactics, specifically the Arsenal game.

    We tried to play football, and when we got hit on the counter we had him and Ronaldo walking back, which was never going to work, whereas Tevez would have closed the ball down.

    Yeah, it is easier to say in hindsight, but that was the only thing Fergie has got wrong this season, apart from playing “The Big 4″ against Liverpool, but it’s obvious why he was tempted.

    Some of the skills Berba does sometimes is just breathtaking. he kinda reminds me of Henrik, his brains seem to do 99% of the work, and neither had a lot of pace.

    Just can’t wait til he starts scoring more regularly!

  7. denton davey says:

    Interesting to see in today’s Observer/GuardianUnlimited that Karim Benzema is NOW considering a move to UTD. A bit late, methinks !

  8. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    united dont have the next cantona they have they only berbatov

    and a team so strong that they could leave out the two of worlds best players and one

    and take on a team that beat the arsenal and beat them by 5 goals and kept a clean sheet

    united are the greatest team in the world

    and berbatov is such a big part of the team

  9. dickson says:

    for all the comparison between Berbatov and Cantona, I find myself reminded of Teddy Sheringham when I watch berbatove play. Especially the game where he was played behind Rooney. His touch, skill, and imaginative play that makes the game tick around him are just so similiar to Sheringham…and that damn non flying gooner Bergkamp

  10. Usman says:

    Well if its Cantona, let it be, i’ll take it the 3rd coming of Cantona!!!


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