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Hit Or Miss? Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers League  27/11/2010 Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) celebrates first goal Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov stormed to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a stunning five-goal haul as Manchester United demolished Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at Old Trafford. They were the first goals Berbatov has scored since September and were timely reminder to everybody that on his day, he is amongst the Premier League’s very best.

Berbatov is so often criticised, and often the criticism is justified. When things don’t go well for him, his work ethic and attitude becomes a real issue. But when things are going right for him, there are very few defenders in the Premier League that can stop him.

Personally, I think Wayne Rooney’s return to the United fold has done Berbatov the world of good. Berbatov thrives on been the centre of attention and has been pushed out in to the shadows with Rooney’s recent return. The Blackburn game was the perfect opportunity for Berbatov to show everybody that he is still capable of leading the United line.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was proud of the performance of both of his strikers: “Berbatov and Rooney were a good combination today – they interchanged brilliantly today. Wayne was fantastic.”

The question now is can Berbatov continue this level of form? Ever since arriving at Old Trafford he has struggled with consistency and never really lived up to his vast price tag. But if he can’t now find them consistent performances after scoring five in a game, you have to question if he ever will.

What do you think? Is Dimitar Berbatov a purely “hit or miss” player, or will his excellent performance against Blackburn be the start of the something special for the Bulgarian at Old Trafford?

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  1. dbm

    November 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Berba is an amazing finisher and has great technical ability but he really needs a village of effort to get the job done. Rooney and Nani were exceptional along with Park and Anderson. When he gets the service Berba is world class.

  2. bob marley

    November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Dimitar is by far one of the most technically gifted players around………it is an absolute pleasure to watch him play

  3. Why?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hit every 8-12 games, a flop for the rest of the time which is mostly.

  4. Bishopville Red

    November 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm


    Hit. Hit. Hit. Hit. Hit.

    ‘Nuff said.

  5. Troy

    November 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    James, please do me a favor and check your articles for syntax. There’s some major disruptions that hinder the flow of your story. There are a pair of errors in the last two grafs.

    Onto the content, I think the Berba conversation is like beating a dead horse. United fans know what they are getting with the Bulgarian: one of the most deadly strikers in the world when he is not the focal point, but also one of the most inconsistent and sometimes petulant strikers in the EPL. It comes with the territory of owning the Berba and is something that I fully expect going forward. Was this his best day in a MUFC uniform? I would actually argue that the treble against Liverpool earlier this season was more impactful considering the circumstances (the rivalry and the fact that the Reds came from two goals down to equalize).

    In closing, there’s no doubt about Berba’s skill set, and having a close-to-form Rooney does help, but lets keep it in perspective. He’ll bag a couple in the next couple matches, but then disappear for a month or two.

  6. Carmello

    November 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    It’s interesting to see how Berbatov works way better with a strong and stocky forward. His partnership with Rooney is so reminiscent of his partnership with Robbie Keane when he was back at Spurs. They were unstoppable together. Right when all the stuff with Rooney was happening regarding his personal life and the contract negotiation, Berbs went off the radar. Once the Roon’s back, Berbs is back.

  7. Cory

    November 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Just to answer Nathan: the point of the article was to generate user-based discussion. You said it yourself. The fifth paragraph offers an opinion. Maybe it’s not strident, or maybe the opinion is commonly-agreed, but it’s nevertheless an opinion. I don’t think -9000 is much of an opinion, either.

    Anyways, I was a beneficiary (Fantasy EPL-wise) of Berbatov’s great form early on in the season. He is a poacher and a solid finisher. In many ways he thrives off of interplay (think about the pairing of Nani and Berbatov initially). Berbatov’s finesse in many ways can counter Rooney’s direct style of play (being a workhorse of sorts). There’s a nice balance in there. I still think he’s not nearly as active as he needs to be off the ball and could score many more goals with more movement. I think the next two games will tell (pending both Rooney and Berbatov’s fitness) whether or not this form is around to stay. Then again, that’s what we all probably thought at the beginning of the season. Blackpool away won’t be entirely easy, and the monday night match two weeks away vs. Arsenal at home will be a solid test. If you look at his goals this season he’s failed to score against major opposition. Even his goals v Everton & Liverpool at the beginning of the season were at a time when those teams were playing their worst soccer. So – I’d say if he comes up big in the Arsenal game then there is some reason to say his form can last.

  8. Nathan Low

    November 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Your article says little and hides behind a hopeful user-generated debate over a question you didn’t even offer an opinion on. -9000.

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