Berbatov still Reds’ square peg

When, with just seconds left on the clock, Dimitar Berbatov poked home Manchester United’s winner on Saturday it was hard not to recall events of nearly 20 years ago. Then, with six games to go in the Premier League title race, United came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Old Trafford. Such was […]

Hernández wins plaudits and trust

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernández’ emergence from unknown, to Sir Alex Ferguson’s leading striker could take a limited Manchester United side to ever great heights and – perhaps crucially – bring out the best in Wayne Rooney too. The Mexican’s transformation from impact substitute to first choice in recent games says much for the 22-year-old’s rapid development. It’s […]

Poll: Has Berbatov earned new deal?

Reports indicate that Dimitar Berbatov is in talks to extend his Manchester United contract, with the Bulgarian striker’s deal due to expire in June 2012. The 30-year-old, who earns around £100,000 a week, is set for a 75 per cent pay increase following a season in which the former Tottenham Hotspur player has scored 20 […]

The striking penny drops

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Two misleading assumptions in football surround Manchester United’s strike pairing Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney; assumptions that have grown despite evidence to the contrary. Yet, something happened at the weekend that hadn’t before – the pair took to the Old Trafford field ostensibly in their ‘correct’ positions. The widely held – arguably false – view […]

Can Berbatov find a new consistency?

Dimitar Berbatov

Shortly before Dimitar Berbatov scored five against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday a leading media outlet declared that Sir Alex Ferguson had given the Bulgarian striker six months to save his Manchester United career. It’s a claim open to ridicule when a player has scored five but perhaps not that far off the truth either. After […]

Dimi’s form creates tactical headache

Dimitar Berbatov

While Dimitar Berbatov’s talent has never been in doubt – at least for those supporters of the more patient bent – the player’s role in the Manchester United squad has been routinely questioned. At times Berbatov has seemed the right player, in the wrong club. No longer, with seven goals already this season. Indeed, the […]

Dimitar Berbatov: a new hope

It is a name that evokes strong emotions and opinions amongst Manchester United fans. For some, the Bulgarian is the purest form of football – art, touch, grace, and a dash of improvisational flair combine to make a player of unrivalled skill. For others, he is a source of constant frustration; the talent outweighed by […]

Berbatov shines in opening victory

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov grabbed a goal and set up another as Manchester United opened the summer tour with a 3-1 victory over Celtic in Toronto. With doubts surrounding the Bulgarian’s future after a disappointing 2009/10 campaign, Berbatov struck the right notes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s team eased to a win in the first of seven pre-season […]

Fergie strikes out on forward options

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney have come to the inevitable conclusion that Manchester United needs a new striker this summer. Whether Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is inclined or has then financial means to do so is another matter. Indeed, the Scot’s acquisition of Javier Hernandéz brought to seven the number of forwards at […]

Transfer round-up 20/4

Rant’s continuing ad-hoc round-up of the summer’s transfer news, gossip and reports from around the web. In today’s very special everybody’s leaving edition.. Manchester United misfit Zoran Tošić (remember him) plots life elsewhere, Dimitar Berbatov is a wanted man and Ben Foster aims to resurrect a dying career in the Midlands. Tošić: I want to […]