After getting over the excitement of the transfer deadline day, the new ‘worry’ for United fans is how we’re going to fit Dimitar Berbatov in to our team. Of course, this is a problem any football fan would love to have. We simply have too many great players deserving of a first team place to fit in to a first XI.
Whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is still out injured, it’s still plausible to play Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez alongside or behind Berbatov. However when Ronaldo returns, it means that one of our strikers will probably lose out.
Ronaldo won’t be available for Liverpool, meaning Rooney, Tevez and Berbatov can start, but is this wise?
Whilst I’m a strong believer in starting your strongest available players, I’m also certain that the shape of our team, 4-4-2, should be kept whenever possible.
To play all three forwards would likely mean a midfield three of Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Anderson. Whilst both Rooney and Tevez can play out wide, I like to see wingers on the field and I don’t like to see Rooney played out of position.
Also, if we were to play 4-4-2, with Rooney and Tevez up front, we have the possibility of a great impact sub in Berbatov, able to come on if we need that extra push to get a result.
Ferguson has been asked about Berbatov’s debut match, in which our manager possibly hinted that he won’t be playing from the start.
“We’ve got to look to see how all the players come back from international duty, that’s the first thing, but he’s sure to be involved,” he said.
Berbatov’s involvement is something I’d definitely want to see, but I think it would be better if he started the game from the bench. That way, we can play in the United way to start, see if we can get ourselves in front, and if we do, Berbatov can give one of our forwards a rest. If things aren’t going our way, a midfielder can make way for Berbatov, who’d give us added attacking power.
Essentially though, it doesn’t matter how many minutes he gets under his belt at the weekend, as I’m just excited to see him playing in our shirt. The potential for him to get a debut goal against Liverpool at Anfield only adds to that!
Roll on Saturday!