After United won the record breaking 19th title with Dimitar Berbatov the Premier League top scorer, he found himself out of favour the following season and only started 12 games in the league. Despite racking up 7 goals in these appearances, he was on the bench most weeks as fourth choice striker.
Berbatov made a £5m move to Fulham this summer and has scored 3 goals in 5 starts for the London club. Reflecting on his time at United, Berbatov has conceded that he did need to play more but didn’t question Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision.
“I left Manchester United with my head held very high,” he said. “I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played. I was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench. Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager’s orders. I never considered myself to be a star — only a forward working for the team.”
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