5” Aims a low cross for Tevez in the box but Stoke punt it clear at the near post
6” Controls the ball and lays it into Ronaldo whose shot is deflected wide
14” Delicately chips through the centre for Park to chase, but Sorensen saves
27” Sent sprawling after a mistimed challenge by Stoke’s Amdy Faye
29” Fantastic touch to bring a high ball under control on the edge of the box before teeing up a deflected Park shot
32” Berbatov drives forward from deep in his own half to launch a counter-attack
39” Sends a sublime pass to Ronaldo on the left with the outside of his right boot
45” Chips to Ronaldo, who brings the ball down and sets Carrick free to fire home
49” Controls a cross from the right, pivots and then shoots into the bottom corner to regsister his third league goal for United
64” Picks out the run of Tevez who drags his left-foot strike just wide
80” Receives Carrick's cut back but his shot is blocked by a defender
Clockwatch by Jamie Renton 15/11/2008
If a union existed for top-flight defenders, they’d have told their members to strike when United signed Dimitar Berbatov.
As Premier League and Champions League winners, the Reds at times appeared untouchable, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez running riot the length and breadth of the country. Add Berbatov, and it’s a truly dizzying proposition.
Comparisons were instantly made with Eric Cantona and Teddy Sheringham, but Berbatov is like no other striker in United’s history. Eric was talismanic, Teddy sharp of mind. In contrast, Berbatov’s languid and loose style has occasionally drawn criticism elsewhere in his career. But the run-all-day approach of Carlos Tevez or Wayne Rooney just isn’t his style - and nor should it be.
Ex-United forward Frank Stapleton is quick to make a case for the Bulgarian.
“If you think about the traditional centre-forwards United have had over the years, Berbatov is different to all of them,” says Stapleton.
“There were the comparisons