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08/03/2011 08:30, Report by Nick Coppack
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Confidence is key

Dimitar Berbatov gives his thoughts on staying confident in tough times, improving United's away form and the characteristics required to win the most unpredictable title race yet...

You're top of the league scoring chart. How confident are you when you step onto the pitch?
I'm confident right now. I'm a striker and if I'm scoring goals my confidence is high, but the important thing is how you react when you're not scoring. In those times it's essential you remain confident. You may be going through a period where you haven't scored for a few games, but you need to believe in yourself and believe that you can still do the things that lead to goals. It's difficult but you must try not to lose your confidence. Every player goes through those bad times – the truly top players distinguish themselves, however, by overcoming it.

Have you ever lost confidence during your time at United?
Of course. Many times. Sometimes you don't play well or you don't score and in those times the pressure comes from all around you, as well as from yourself. You can find yourself doubting yourself. But that's when you need to keep the faith and realise everything is going to be okay. You work hard in training and keep doing the things you're good at.

Already this season you've scored three hat-tricks. Where do you keep the match balls?
I keep them at home and now my friends and my team-mates have started to make fun of me because I'm collecting so many. But if I keep earning match balls then I'm sure nobody will complain too much. I get them signed by my team-mates and they're very precious to me – they remind me that with hard work and belief you can do a lot of good things.

Which team-mates have particularly helped your game this season?
Everybody. Here at this club everybody is a natural born leader in their own position and we all have 100 per cent confidence in each other. I know that our defenders are the very best and they can deal with any opponent they face. I trust them. Individually they are all great players, but the team is always the most important. It doesn't matter if we win 1-0 or 8-0 – we all feel as though we've all done it together.

Why have United looked like a different team away from home?
It'd hard to say. We haven't won as many games as we should

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