The 3-1 win over Spurs showcased Berbatov at his best – not as a goal machine but as an elegant orchestrator of the front line who links play brilliantly. He’s what the continentals might call a classic ‘number 10’ – the foil to a more prolific partner.
2009/10 appearances: League 24(9), 12 goals; FA Cup 1; Carling Cup 2; Champions League 1(5); Other 1. Total: 29(14), 12 goals.
“He is intelligent, has good composure on the ball and adds to the team all the time.”
- Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Elegant
Berba continued to polarise opinion in the stands during 2009/10, despite his undeniable contribution to United’s quest for silverware…
Story of the season: He has had his critics since he swapped White Hart Lane for Old Trafford, but there is no denying the valuable contribution Dimitar Berbatov has made to the United cause over the last two campaigns, both as a scorer and creator of goals. He began five of the opening 10 games alongside Wayne Rooney last season, but Sir Alex’s decision to deploy a 4-5-1 formation, spearheaded by Rooney, in United’s most important clashes ultimately led to the Bulgarian playing a reduced role as the season progressed. Nevertheless, when called upon, the striker proved he was more than capable of leading the line himself with his performances at Wolves and Bolton, and at home to Tottenham catching the eye. Indeed, United’s 4-0 victory at the Reebok included Berba’s first double for the club (on the back of a Man of the Match display against Fulham), while it was his marauding run down the left wing that led to the opening goal in the crucial win over his former club in April. He fired a couple of exquisite strikes during the season, with his scissor-kick against Sunderland and shot on the turn against Blackburn both shortlisted for United’s Goal of the Season.