"I think I can say I'm pleased so far. But even when things are going great, I keep on telling myself I need to do more. I'm a perfectionist."

- Dimitar Berbatov

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02/02/2009 16:42, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Berba the perfectionist

Dimitar Berbatov talks about his Old Trafford career to date in an exclusive interview...

So Dimitar, are you pleased with how your first season is going?

Yeah, I think I can say I’m pleased so far. But even when things are going great, I keep on telling myself I need to do more. I’m a perfectionist, I set high standards. Everything I do, I want it to be perfect. I know it can’t be perfect every time, but that’s my aim. If it’s near perfection, I suppose I’m happy.

You reached double figures with your goal against Spurs. Have you - or the boss - set any targets?

I know some players like to do that, to give themselves a figure to aim for. That’s not for me. I just want to play my part in the team and help United win trophies with goals, assists and my play. The main goal is to win the league. I’ll be happy if we do that with my 10 goals, 15 goals… or if I’d scored only five goals.

You also have the most assists in the Premier League, which says a lot about your contribution to the team…

I hope people appreciate that because sometimes I take more pleasure making an assist than scoring myself. I know it sounds strange for a striker to say that, but for me it’s not strange at all. I like to make goals too. Michael Carrick’s pass for my goal against Tottenham – what a great ball! It was my goal, but at the same time it was Michael’s.

You’re a very different player to forwards like Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez – what do you feel you personally bring to the team?

We’re all different players here, not just the strikers. There are so many different qualities, but mixed together we make a very strong team. That’s the success of the manager and the club. He’s built a strong team with lots of different talents, that’s one of our biggest strengths. You can have great players, and not have a team. Here, we have everything.

People often talk about your unique style of play. What do you think about the things that you hear and read about yourself?

Some days you read the newspapers, some days you’re better off not reading them! Everyone has the right to an opinion.

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