Manchester United have a history of clinging on to top quality players for the majority and best days of their careers. When looking at the all-time appearances for United, it’s incredible to see that three of the top five are still in United’s first team.
When Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville move on, we’ll still have the likes of Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea who have been at the club since they were kids, playing as part of our first team for years.
Rio Ferdinand is just starting his 7th season with the club, Cristiano Ronaldo his 6th and Wayne Rooney his 5th.
New signing, Dimitar Berbatov, says he has no intention of leaving United, wanting to follow the example Giggs has set him.
“I feel happy playing in this team,” Berbatov said. “It is everything I thought it would be. Ryan Giggs has been here since the beginning and says he never wanted to go anywhere else. I don’t want to go anywhere either.”
Whilst still not at his best, we’ve had two goals and two assists from our new striker, which isn’t half bad considering the opposition we’ve faced since he’s joined.
There have been a couple of chances from him that have gone begging and Berbatov seems to have the right attitude, knowing more should be expected from him because of his price tag.
“I did not celebrate the first goal because I was still angry with myself for missing the first chance,” he added. “On that occasion, my shot was not right at all – in fact, I was embarrassed by it. When you pay so much money for someone, you should score chances like that. I was disappointed with the first one. Sometimes in a game you might only get one opportunity and I was trying to score, but I guess the most important thing was that we won.”
What do you make of Berbatov so far, in terms of his attitude off the field and performances on it?
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