Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged for the first time that Dimitar Berbatov could have quit Manchester United after his Champion’s League final heartache in being left out of the squad in the defeat by Barcelona.
After a period that saw his starting opportunities limited due to the emergence of Javier Hernandez, it was expected that Berbatov would have had some part to play in United’s attempts at European glory but found himself unable to make the bench, with Michael Owen preferred as the extra option in a substitute line up that had a midfield disposition.
Speculation intensified in part due to the Bulgarian stiker’s absence from the stands, with many believing he left Wembley early in anger and that this would signal his departure from the club, in a similar fashion to Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s exit. However, reports appear to have been wide of the mark, with Berbatov admitting hiding in the United dressing room out of feelings of shame and now Ferguson has commented on that disappointing night, when he was asked whether he would have been understanding if Berbatov had expressed a desire to leave, Ferguson is quoted as saying “Yes, I’d understand that, but you could say that about them all… Berbatov will be all right. His training has been terrific and he’s a good person, a nice guy.”
Despite early speculation linking him with pastures new, no such moves have come to light, and Berbatov now finds himself with preparing himself for the new season on United’s pre-season tour in the United States, with an upcoming game against Seattle Sounders in which he is likely to play some part. So despite a promising, successful if disappointing end to one of his most productive seasons, United fans can look forward to seeing Dimitar Berbatov continue to play for the club he is quoted as saying at which he would be happy to finish his career.
Update – Berbatov has since been ruled out of the match against Seattle due to injury.