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Fergie: No Way Are We Selling Berba

With Dimitar Berbatov seemingly behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in pecking order, there have been suggestions that the Bulgarian will be on his way out of the club this summer.

Berbatov has just one year remaining on his current deal, with the option for the club to extend it by one year. David Gill claimed earlier in the summer there had never been plans to discuss a contract extension this summer because of the option we have on his contract.

The manager has today confirmed that the club have no intention of selling last season’s top scorer, claiming that when the other competitions kick in, we’ll get to see more of Berbatov.

“We’re not going to sell Berbatov – no way,” Ferguson said. “He will be involved. He’s got the experience to play a big part. They all want to play, but the young players are picking themselves and at the moment the games are well spaced out. But Dimitar’s been first class. No problem at all. When the Champions League and Carling Cup come along there will be opportunities for the other players to get games.”

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  1. Kings says:

    Pleased to hear it.

  2. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

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    their sweet time bringin’ the oil back and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink seven and sevens and play slalom with the icebergs and it ain’t too long ’til he hits one, spills the oil, and kills all the sea-life in the North Atlantic. So my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive so he’s got to walk to the job interviews which sucks ’cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he’s starvin’ ’cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue-plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State.
    So what’d I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure I’ll eliminate the middle man. Why not just shoot my buddy, take his job and give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? Christ, I could be elected President.

  3. Indian Devil says:

    Good to hear this. Don’t know how much he will play for us but if 1 or 2 of our strikers get injured he will be an asset then.

  4. Troy says:

    Berba’s best position is behind the main striker. Problem is, that is Rooneys prefered position.
    Berba must stay though, he’s got a great attitude, and if Rooney picks up an injury Berb’s would be my first choice to replace him.

  5. wayne says:

    Sir Alex is doing a good job keeping the secret deal with Spurs under wrap

  6. Costas says:

    He won’t be sold, but he won’t be given an opportunity to reclaim his spot hey? Just backup for the Ch.League and Carling cup games. I don’t see how he can be happy with that.

  7. Giggsy's Lawyer says:

    Poor Berbatov. Relegated from the leagues top scorer to a Carling Cup player. If I were him, I’d leave tbh, for no other reason that it’s obvious that the style of football that Fergie wants to persue doesn’t suit him at all. We all know it.

  8. CROoney says:

    there’s no point of selling him..he will come handy…….in the carling cup

  9. gazzer says:

    God I watched the poor bastard on the bench today trying to stay positive.
    It’s obvious that wellback is going to succeed at this level, unike some of the other young attackers we have tried like diouf macheda etc.
    It reminds me of that leader of Gaul who was captured by the romans. Instead of killing him, they kept him in a cage and wheeled him out anytime they had some special occasion. Eventually they just garrotted him.
    Berbatov is only there just in case we need him at some point in the future. He’s proud, but he’s going along with it. If PSG doesn’t buy him, I hope he ends up scoring the winer for us against Barca or something else equally huge. He may not do it in the big games, but his attitude is first rate and inspiration to the others

  10. dgt says:

    This thread has been greatly improved by Good Will Hunting quotes.

  11. bchilds says:

    I wouldn’t want Berba to be sold but it must be humiliating for him being 4th choice striker, it may be time for Berba to say bye bye!

  12. Mr C says:

    ‘Problem is, that is Rooneys prefered position…..’

    Rooney’s ‘preferred position’ is neither here not there. Berba’s our most skilful player and our best out and out strikers are Berba and Chico who both need game time. IMHO Rooney’s best position is deeper behind the front two where he can better dictate the play with his work rate and set things up. Rooney will score plenty from deep anyway because he’s just that kind of player.

    Anyway, its SAF view that counts not mine and, yes, he won’t willing change a winning pattern in a hurry so it’ll be up to the inevitable injuries, suspensions and possible loss of form on the part of individuals to see how things pan out. The team has played great so far. The M/F definitely has firmed up and is more positive than last season. It seems churlish to pick out names with so many excellent players on the squad but special mention to Ando and Cleverly for stepping up. Young? Jones? Best buys of the season so far. First names on the sheet type players. Nonetheless the trouncing Barca gave us last May was as much a lesson on the dangers of going overboard in either direction be it under or over-estimating (Barca) any opposition. There are a lot of games to be played this year and a variety of options will needed to be deployed.

    PS. We don’t need Sneijder.

  13. denton davey says:

    bchilds @ 21: 27: “PS. We don’t need Sneijder.”

    Who ?

  14. StatesideAussie says:

    Mr C … good post.

    Costas … SAF didn’t actually say The Berb would be backup for CL and Carling Cup games. That might be an obvious interpretation of what he said, but an equally valid interpretation is that others will play those games and, when the schedule is busy, The Berb will then be used in the PL. Well, a lot depends on how SAF plays the CL. If he sticks with 451, then the “1″ will be Rooney. More likely, he will go with 4411/442, with Rooney and Hernandez as the preferred choice. We might then see Berbatov and Welbeck in the PL, and Welbeck/Diouf in the Carling Cup.

    As for Sneijder, I still we would better with him than without him, but I am not sweating it.

    The question mark that I have is this: we have played wonderfully well this year, but it has been only three PL matches. The movement in all three matches has been nothing short of superb. However, in all three matches we have had essentially the same line-up in midfield and attack: Nani, Young, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney and Welbeck. But it is inconceivable that those six will always play together (or that any six of those guys plus Hernandez). And so the unanswered question is: how will we play when rotation kicks in? Understand, I am not slighting anyone else in our squad. But I do think it’s a valid question. We’re all excited by the pace, movement and energy that we’ve seen, but will we still see that when rotation kicks in?

  15. Giles Oakley says:

    Hey Gazzer, loved the Gaul in a cage comparison!

  16. booch says:

    bero will stay and score more goals than last seson plus will da Arseal boss go and let utd win da pimership Anyelsa Agree or disgree


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