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Owen: Berba Plays In Defence In Training

Dimitar Berbatov cleared off the line twice as United beat Leeds 3-0 in the League Cup last night. Later in the game, he switched to play as a centre back, Ezekiel Fryers’ cramp, who was making his debut in defence.

Michael Owen has said it is no surprise Berba volunteered for the role, given that the Bulgarian sometimes plays there in training.

“Berba can play there, he does it occasionally in training,” said Owen. “It was no surprise when he put his hand up and said he would do it.”

Berbatov put in a good shift in defence, but Owen was also happy with his own contribution, after scoring two goals.

“I am very satisfied,” he said. “It is great to play in such a good team that is so full of confidence. We killed the game in the first half. They didn’t want to lose by five or six, so they stuck one up front and made it a bit more compact after half-time. We managed to contain them and they hardly had a kick until the last minute. All in all, it was a good night.”

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91 Comments

  1. StatesideAussie says:

    I wish he’d just hoof it.

  2. King Eric says:

    Stateside – Cheers mate. Spot on as usual in your posts.

    Willie – Well said. I remember that carry on about him hating him a while back.

  3. smartalex says:

    A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. “Why of course,” comes the reply.

    The first man then asks, “Where are you from?”

    “I’m from Northern Ireland,” replies the second man.

    The first man responds, “Me too! Let’s have another round to Northern Ireland.”

    “Of course,” replies the second man.

    “I’m curious,” the first man then asks, “What city are you from?”

    “Belfast,” comes the reply.

    “I can’t believe it,” says the first man. “Me too! Let’s have another drink to Belfast.”

    “Of course,” replies the second man.

    Curiosity again strikes and the first man asks, “What team did you support?”

    “Manchester United,” replies the second man, “They’re the love of my life.”

    “This is unbelievable!”, the first man says. “Me too!”

    About that time in comes CedarsDevil and sits down at the bar. “What’s been going on?” he asks the bartender.

    “Nothing much,” replies the barkeep “WillieRedNut and RedRidingWolf are drunk again”

  4. CROoney says:

    StatesideAussie – funny, your mother doesn’t think i’m a skunk…you don’t have to call me daddy though

  5. StatesideAussie says:

    CROoney, listen pal, if you were my daddy, I’d have offed myself long ago.

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    Mother jokes are lame! Try again, horse head!

    Nice one smartalex. :)

  7. StatesideAussie says:

    Anyway, nice to see I touched a nerve.

  8. CROoney says:

    King Eric – i would if croation had a team…it’s not croation, it’s Croatian you turd…

    oh how sweet to see posts like ” crooney, you’re a piece of shit”, then other idiot backs it up by saying ” well said mate, you’re a genuine fan…”, and he’s a WUM”, and then the other responds :”great posts lads” – nice to see my posts strenghtening your Red connection, as you clearly have the urge to pat yourselfs on the back because you feel you’re less of a fan if you GOD FORBBID criticize someone out of your team …what’s with all the insecurity…

    jesus, you can’t even say a one bad word about those idiots singing leeds instanbul songs

  9. CROoney says:

    WillieRedNut – yup, she gave me a head alright….a horse one that is ;)

  10. CROoney says:

    StatesideAussie – you didn’t touch a nerve – your mother touched it waaaaay before you , so more luck next time

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    smartalex – Loved it!

    A nerve has indeed been struck…..

  12. WillieRedNut says:

    Not condoning our fans, but we’ve had Munich songs for the best part of 30 years. I wouldn’t retort in that way. I can understand why some do respond that way. Fuck all has been done about constant Munich songs. All of a sudden, our fans respond to these chants and it’s all over the news. You have to ask yourself, why? Just saying….

  13. smartalex says:

    CROoney walks out of RoM and runs right into two priests. He says, “I’m Jesus Christ.” The first priest says, “No, son, you’re not.” So CROoney says it to the second priest. The second priest says, “No, son, you’re not.” CROoney says, “Look, I can prove it.” He walks back into RoM with the two priests. StatesideAussie takes one look at CROoney and exclaims, “Jesus Christ, you’re here again?”

  14. CROoney says:

    oh he struck my nerve – what am i gonna do ????? oh my god, please no,please don’t !!!!!

    lol, when a guy who called you a skunk, who insulted you many times has nothing to counter on your insult says ” i touched a nerve” you know he has nothing to say…loser

  15. smartalex says:

    CedarsDevil – The twins (Willie and Wolfie) are heavy drinkers, are they not!

  16. CROoney says:

    WillieRedNut – all over the news ? funny, i can’t see it on a single united related site…well maybe 1 or 2 but you know what i mean…if those were munich chants from the rival fans , you can bet your ass that Scott would mention it on here…as for you not condoning it, trying to find the reason behind it and justify it is condining it…you can’t deny it only by saying that you’re not condining it because you are

  17. CROoney says:

    smartalex – excellent !!!! now that was good one

  18. smartalex says:

    King Eric walked into a bar holding an alligator. He asked the bartender, “Do you serve CROoneys here?”

    The bartender said, “Yes, we do!”

    “Good,” replied King Eric “Give me a beer, and I’ll have a CROoney for my alligator.”

  19. smartalex says:

    I linked videos of Munich chants at Leeds on the RoM reads thread yesterday, and there are many more videos of it on youtube, so there is no doubt that it happened aplenty.

  20. WillieRedNut says:

    CROoney – I’m not condoning it. Nor I’m I a saint. Done worse, than singing a few repugnant songs. All in the past, though. I don’t judge people. Doesn’t mean I agree, with their course of action.

  21. smartalex says:

    Zibbie is dyslexic, he walks into a bra, felt a right tit and left.

  22. King Eric says:

    CROoney – It is condoning, not condining. You turd. Its fuck all to do with slating players. Its idiots like you that spend all their time doing it and never have anything positive to say. Infact the only time you do rock up on here is when Berbatov is being discussed.

  23. smartalex says:

    CedarsDevil went to his niece’s Wedding Reception. He goes up to the Bartender and asks,
    “Is this the punch line?”

  24. WillieRedNut says:

    Boom Boom!

  25. Zibbie says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!
    Wow willie the wolf going after a poster!?!
    CROoney is a true twit!!

  26. Zibbie says:

    I like Boobies, I like saying Boobies!

  27. dan says:

    I can understand why fans have their own preferences for certain players, but i can never understand why some “berba haters” will continually undermine and criticize him.

    When he first arrived it was the price tag. Then it became the oft used adjectives of “languid”, “unhurriedly” “slow” “lack of pace” etc. After which became the lack of goals, leading up to the comparison with tevez.

    He scored so many and was so pivotal in our league title and yet people still criticize him for being a flat track bully by scoring more against supposedly weaker opposition. Then will scoring one per match satisfy? or will he be accused of being selfish and not letting his fellow strikers score?

    Berba then commits himself to man utd this season and yet detractors still insist its nothing more than pretty words.

    Somehow there is this very twisted irony at detractors nitpicking him at everything for not being perfect in their eyes.

    Its pretty disheartening then when posters like CROoney condemn him as a waste of space in utd’s ranks.

    For me, I appreciate his attitude thus far ever since joined us, and whilst i wish he would play more often I’m happy with him wearing the red shirt.

  28. smartalex says:

    KE walks into a bar and yells, “All CROoney’s are Arse-holes”

    - Man at the end of the bar says” I object to that remark”.

    KE says “Why, are you a lawyer?”

    - Man says “No, I’m an Arse–hole”

  29. StatesideAussie says:

    lol@smartalex.
    zibbie … boobies are the best. and booby is a wonderful word. never tire of saying it.

  30. WillieRedNut says:

    Don’t drop the booby!

  31. CedarsDevil says:

    smartalex is on a roll and i for one am loving it…. Brilliant stuff

  32. smartalex says:

    There is a plastic surgery procedure where a key is inserted at the top of a woman’s head, which is turned to tighten up her skin, producing the effect of a brand new face-lift.

    CROoney’s wife had it done some time ago. Over the years she has turned the key, and the effects were wonderful, as she remained young looking and vibrant.

    Recently she returned to the surgeon “I’ve always loved the results” she said “But now I’ve developed two annoying problems: First, I have these terrible bags under my eyes and turning the key won’t get rid of them.”

    The doctor looked at her closely and said, ‘Those aren’t bags, those are your boobies.’

    She said, “Oh. Well, I guess that explains the goatee.”

  33. chris da red devil says:

    Hello all
    Nice to see ma fellow reds deep in discussion
    Berbatov has da best first-touch in da world surely dat earns him a fair amount of games, right?

  34. StatesideAussie says:

    crack me up, smartalex!

  35. smartalex says:

    Her crack was up, all the way to her chin!

  36. Farhan Borst says:

    Honestly though, excited about the future. Hopes berba gets his chances. And if there were Leeds Istanbul chants, man that’s sad. Football and death shouldn’t be related

  37. The Cantonas says:

    @smartalex:
    LOL pal….

  38. Gandalf says:

    oh wow – we have just had a unbelievable start to the season and playing well and even now a Berba thread causes some shit.
    crooney – irrelevant, really??? Come on man, he didn’t score against leeds but he had a good game, his passing was amazing. If you are going to call our top scorer of last season – expect ridicule. Get a grip!
    Stop going overboard with your bitterness.

  39. lordrt says:

    Berba deserves more recognition by the club I think, he can play in midfield as well given his technique to control and pass the ball.. hat-trick hero against the scousers, that bicycle kick was just too good :D

  40. smartalex says:

    The Cantonas – Cheers buddy!

    Sir Alex today on Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov:
    “Michael is in one of these unfortunate positions in that the form of Rooney and Hernandez has been fantastic. It’s the same situation for Dimitar Berbatov. We’re delighted with Michael’s contributions and the other night he was absolutely first class. He’s always had that instinct around about the goalmouth and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind what a great finisher he is.”

  41. CROoney says:

    omg ! i so love berba ! what an attitude ! lol, he was a disgrace against stoke ,but has a great attitude

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