Despite putting in nearly a 24-hour shift on transfer deadline day, chief executive David Gill was back at his desk bright and early on Tuesday morning just hours after sealing the deal to bring Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford.
In an exclusive interview with MUTV, Gill says the club are delighted to have their man...
How are you feeling today after a frantic evening at Old Trafford on Monday?
Not too bad. It often happens this way towards the end of the window when things start to come together. The media speculate throughout the day about what’s going on, but a lot of these deals come together at the last minute.
At any point were you at all worried that the transfer wasn’t going to happen?
Not really. Obviously our interest in the player had been well documented in the papers throughout the summer, but I suppose the very fact that it went on until the last minute meant there was a slight worry. But I always thought it would happen. The fact that Spurs were willing to sell the player and he wanted to come to us meant we were confident. The last snag surrounded Tottenham’s need to bring in a replacement and ultimately Fraizer Campbell – one of our great young prospects – agreed to go there for a year on loan. So it all came together and we managed to get all the papers in by midnight to ensure everything is ready for the season.
What did you make of the interest and subsequent bid from Manchester City – was it a surprise?
Yes it was, but the takeover at City and the subsequent release of funds meant they were always going to be pretty active on the last day. Were we worried? No, not really. As I said before the very fact that the player had made it clear throughout the summer that he wanted to leave Tottenham to join Manchester United for playing ambitions was enough for us. He’d talked about his desire to play in the Champions League and to join a club that was challenging for major trophies. So we were quite relaxed about it.
How do you see Berbatov fitting into the team and will his arrival have some of the other lads worried for their places?
I think all the players recognise what a great player he is and I was