A clause in Dimitar Berbatov’s contract is automatically activated this month meaning that his contract will expire in the summer of 2013 although the chances of him staying that long are slim to none.

Despite 7 goals in 10 league appearances this season, last year’s Premier League top scorer has barely been given a look in, after falling behind Rooney, Welbeck and Chicharito in pecking order.

Whilst Berbatov has characteristically remained completely professional, always speaking highly of the club, manager and fans, he cannot be happy with such little playing time at this stage in his career.

“He wants to get first team football and we need to consider that at the end of the season,” Ferguson said today.

The contract extension will simply prevent Berbatov leaving on a free in a few month’s time.