Manchester United defender claims former Tottenham striker has already paid dividends at the club: He’s been a huge help to Rooney!

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When new striker Dimitar Berbatov finally made his much anticipated move from Tottenham to Manchester United, nobody knew just how much of an impact he’d make in his first season with the club. United defender Rio Ferdinand spoke recently about the striker; he claimed that whilst he isn’t scoring at the moment, his quality and vision on the pitch are a helping everyone — most especially Wayne Rooney.

Ferdinand, who has captained Rooney for both United and England, thought the signing of Dimitar Berbatov had been the catalyst. “Wayne is confident and playing well,” he said. “And, being honest, one of the reasons I was happy that Berbatov signed for United was that I knew it would inspire other players in the team to take their game up to another level.

“He would not just inspire the forwards but others as well. When a new player comes in, that’s what happens. Everyone wants to impress him and show him why they are playing for Manchester United. I think Wayne has taken that on board and gone from strength to strength.

“I think they can become a great pairing but what I’m getting at is that Berbatov’s arrival will help him become a better player individually. Wayne scored 15 goals last season, with 15 assists, and yet he wants to keep on improving. (

Rooney had a torrid October last year, bagging goals in every match during the month, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that his form is coming around once again. However, maybe Rio has a point. We have seen Rooney playing some wonderful football with his new strike partner. There’s something about Berbatov’s style of play that really suits Wayne perfectly.

What do United supporters think about Rio’s comments? Do you agree that Berby is turning Wayne into a better player?

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