Dimitar Berbatov scored a hattrick against Liverpool this weekend, becoming the first United player to do so in over 60 years.

Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler, has today sung the praises of Berbatov and defended him against the ignorant ‘lazy’ jibes.

“He’s a player who has always had a sublime touch, which is why the United fans were a bit harsh in criticising him so strongly,” said Fowler. “Players of his quality on the ball are rare, and they should be encouraged. Persevere and with him and you get goals like that on Sunday.”

Whilst Berbatov has scored 27 goals in 69 league appearances for United, in contrast to the 27 goals he scored in 70 appearances at Spurs, his goal-scoring record has been widely criticised since he joined the reds.

“It has probably been a little bit of a weakness of his in the past, because he doesn’t always look to shoot at the first opportunity,” Fowler continued. “But his goal against Everton and then against Liverpool showed that when his confidence is high he has the ability to find the net with an almost effortless ease. He has that look of someone who is sometimes struggling for fitness, but that is deceptive, and I think that’s one of the reasons why not all the United fans took to him. He looks like he’s not interested at times, but in fact does a load more running than people realise, and his movement was a key on Sunday.”