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Berba on song

"Berbatov's second goal was stunning, one of the very best I’ve seen at Old Trafford. If I’d scored a hat-trick like that, I would still be doing post-match interviews now. And yet Dimitar really didn’t want to do any interviews after the game. He was leaving the ground when I spotted him and had to persuade him to speak to us. He was clutching a signed matchball and all he wanted to do was go home with as little fuss as possible."

- Stewart Gardner, MUTV

Date for your diary: 23 September, 21:00 BST on MUTV - The Berbatov Interview
20/09/2010 09:23, Report by Stewart Gardner, MUTV
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The beautiful game

After United's 3-2 victory over Liverpool, MUTV commentator

Stewart Gardner

was too excited to sleep. Instead, he penned this blog...

I feel sorry for those people who "don’t get" football. What other sport takes you through the full gamut of emotions over the course of 90 minutes? I seem to going balder and greyer by the week.

At Everton we saw one of the most remarkable ends to a game in Premier League history. Fast forward a week and United fans witnessed a truly brilliant game against Liverpool. Often these matches don’t live up to the frenzied pre-match hype – they're tight and tense and there are very few chances. What a refreshing change for everyone on Sunday.

United played with tempo and incisiveness from the first minute. They really could – and should – have put Liverpool to the sword. And yet fingernails were being bitten to the quick by the end of the game.

When I interviewed Sir Alex after the game he seemed less than happy. He was annoyed United’s obvious superiority didn’t translate into a comfortable victory. But that wouldn’t be United would it? That’s why United games are never dull. Well, unless Rangers are in town...

And what about Berbatov’s performance? His second goal was stunning, one of the very best I’ve seen at Old Trafford. If I’d scored a hat-trick like that, I would still be doing post-match interviews now. And yet Dimitar really didn’t want to do any interviews after the game. He was leaving the ground when I spotted him and had to persuade him to speak to us. He was clutching a signed matchball and all he wanted to do was go home with as little fuss as possible.

He’s a remarkable character, a real one-off. But what a season he’s having. This was the game when he truly came of age as a United player. It was the performance of the complete centre-forward. In his programme notes, Sir Alex said this season could determine the rest of Berbatov’s career. Well, if he continues in this vein he’s going to have a great United career.

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