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Is Dimitar Berbatov Finally Living Up To His Vast Price Tag?

They may have done it the hard way but Manchester Untied did get their victory over arch rivals Liverpool. But Sir Alex Ferguson will have to thank Dimitar Berbatov for the win, after the Bulgarian scored a stunning hat-trick.  Was this performance when Bulgarian finally won over the sceptical United fans?

Berbatov arrived at Old Trafford after an excellent spell at Tottenham, but he has never been able to reproduce the same levels of constancy for United. He often showed flashes of his immense talent, but couldn’t convince the United fans that he had been money well spent.

However today he looked like the Berbatov of old. He was clinical when he got his chances, and his audacious over-head kick was a reminder to all that Berbatov is arguably the most technically gifted player in the league.

Berbatov now has six goals to his name in the Premier League this term, and to me is looking like he could easily finish as the Premier League’s top scorer this season. It appears as if Berbatov has regained the hunger for goals which was often questioned during his first two seasons at Old Trafford.

In a bizarre way I think Berbatov has benefited from Wayne Rooney lack of form. He is now the man who has to carry United’s goal scoring hopes on his shoulders. He is the main man at present, like he was the main man at Tottenham. Berbatov is the sort of player that loves being the centre of attention, right now he certainly is.

Right now Berbatov is on top of the world, and quite rightly so. His performances have helped Ferguson cope with the lack of form from Rooney, and that is justified when you consider Ferguson left of out the England man for the trip to Everton last weekend, putting his faith in Berbatov to lead the line.

But what happens when Rooney does return to form, which he inevitably will, can the two play together, or will Berbatov go back in to his shadow. Personally I think Berbatov has finally regained his confidence from his Tottenham days, and any return to form of Rooney will only come to his aid. In my opinion, the good days are well and truly back for Berbatov.

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  1. Thomas

    September 21, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I’m pretty sure Berba was shouldered with carrying United at the end of last season, and he faltered under the pressure.

    Fergy kept him on the bench for several crucial matches, even when Rooney wasn’t fit.

    Bout time the guy steps up. He”s been brilliant this term.

  2. the devil himself

    September 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    i know this is a berbatov artical but can someone please tell nani to stop the over acting.doesnt he know they will see him on the replays?. .back to the berba was brilliant.always knew he had it in him

    • titsmcgee

      September 20, 2010 at 1:16 am

      yea, he really annoyed the crap out of me flopping all over the field…it was awesome when Agger got in his face

  3. UpTheBlues

    September 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Yet another Berbatov article… this site is getting slightly predictable 😀

  4. baba matkeshwar

    September 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Oh you genius you Dimitar. Finally a player since Bergkamp who makes football look good.

  5. Smokey Bacon

    September 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    He’s carrying old potato head right now.

  6. Stephen

    September 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Don’t get carried away by today’s performance. Berbatov scored a hatrick against a shambolic Liverpool defence that have been poor all season. Don’t expect him to do anything similar against the better teams. Liverpool are a shadow of their past.

    • MJD

      September 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

      Let’s have a toast for the douchebag!

  7. Andrei

    September 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I think that in a way it is unfair to expect Berbatov to justify his price tag. 30 mil was what Tottenham wanted for him and MU agreed to pay. Berbatov personally had little if anything to do with it. More relevant question is if he proved to be MU caliber player. In my mind undoubtedly yes. He is one of the MU’s most skilled players and most importantly the team needs him now and he delivers.

  8. James Beckett

    September 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Well Nathan, the simple answer is yes I think he is.

    The price tag may have put added pressure on him, and I think the fact that everybody said he would deal with the pressure, made it even harder to ever instantly live up to the price tag.

    But I think he has finally adapted to the United way of things, he’s always had confidence, but maybe felt he had to tone down his game during his early days at Old Trafford. It now seems as if he is playing with freedom for the first real time since his move.

  9. Evan

    September 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t think he’s justified his 30 mil price tag just yet. A few good weeks doesn’t erase the past where a lot of the time he was complete sh*t.

  10. Olaide yusuf

    September 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    9ize to see b’tove scoring doze goalz.I believe dis jt da beging.Expect more 4m da BRILIANT man.Let surport rooney to gain is form,coz he haz somtin special to offer.O’SHEA is my problem.Wil ny body agre wt me?

    • Dave C

      September 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      I agree with this guy.

  11. Nathan

    September 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    What the hell do you think, James?

  12. peter chicago

    September 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    i remember english newspapers news which saisd BERBAT-OFF during the summer when e’body wanted dimitar out. now he’s manchester’s hero.
    he’s star really shines during rooney’s slump so its good to manchester. can he be like that all seasong long?????? doubtfull but i wish him THE BEST.


    • Sri

      September 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

      If they both somehow manage to play in sync, it will be one hell of a time for manu..if only their defense can show some spine

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