Former Old Trafford man not happy with treatment from ex-boss.
Dimitar Berbatov has criticised Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he was treated during his final season at the club.
“I said goodbye to the people who deserve it, I couldn’t say goodbye to Ferguson,” said the Bulgarian.
“I know he’s the boss but he has lost, to some extent, my respect because of the way he treated me.”
“I don’t think I deserved such treatment at United, not playing in the last year,” he told reporters in Sofia.
“I went probably 15 times to ask the coach if he needed me. Every time I was told that I’m an important player and should not leave but then again I was not in the team. Maybe I should have gone when he left me out of the squad for the Champions League final.”
“He tried to explain to me that the team will be using a more direct style, with more speed,” said the striker. “But I’ve never been among the fastest players. I like to hold the ball, this is my style.
“I found it hard to accept his decision, I still have my dignity. I scored many goals, I won the league two times and I was the league top scorer, so it’s not bad.
“I’ll have no problems playing against United as this already happened in my career. But there’s no point to look back again.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst it’s always hard to knock a manager with as much gravitas as Sir Alex Ferguson but it does appear that the Scot simplt didn’t want to lose Dimitar Berbatov as he wanted to keep hold of a high quality back-up ‘just in case’ but then essentially misled the Bulgarian into believing he was an integral part of his Old Trafford squad.
The stats don’t lie and the fact that Ferguson dropped Berbatov, who has finished 2010/11 as the club’s top scorer, for the following season and then saw the club’s Premier League title lost to local rivals Man City does appear to have been a mistaken strategy, not least as Mexican Javier Hernandez suffered a big dip in form.
Berbatov has finally got his wish and left Man United and will now look to prove Sir Alex Ferguson wrong by forging a successful career at Fulham.
Dimitar Berbatov’s made a total of 149 appearances for Man United, of which 41 came from the bench, and scored 57 goals in the process.
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