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 speaking to a lot of them in Monaco last week and they all wanted to know who we were going to sign. They want to be part of the best squad challenging for major honours and bringing in a world class player in the shape of Berbatov shows that the club isn’t prepared to rest on its laurels. We always want to improve the squad and generally players want to play with the best players. They recognise it’s a long season. We’ve got a lot of games coming up and I’m Alex will use his squad to its full potential and ensure everyone gets their chance.
The fans are over the moon at Berbatov’s arrival…
We’re pleased about that. Obviously the fact that it took so long to sort out meant people were probably wondering if it would happen and I’m sure the supporters were a bit concerned. But the style of the player and the quality he’s brought to the Premier League over the last two years demonstrates that he’s a Manchester United player and I think we have a great star in the making.
What is Dimitar most looking forward to about life at United?
He’s very excited and delighted to have fulfilled his dream of coming here. His English is very good, he’s a very pleasant young man and he’s looking forward to being part of a team that’ll be challenging for honours on all fronts. The uncertainty over his future over the last few weeks had been a worry for him, but now it’s all sorted it’s great news for all.
You must be pleased to be signing a player who has already proved himself in the Premier