29/12/2008 22:10, Report by Ben Hibbs

Berba bounces back

Dimitar Berbatov has taken out his frustration after what he described as “the worst week of my life”, providing the assist for Carlos Tevez’s winner against Stoke City and striking the decisive goal against Middlesbrough.

The Bulgarian front man was struck down with a virus which caused him to miss United’s FIFA Club World Cup success in Japan. “Personally, it was the worst week of my life. It was bad for me but in the end it ended happily for the team,” he said.

He has since struck back with a vengeance with an impress, match-winning display against Middlesbrough to see out 2008 with a victory.

“It was a very important win,” he told MUTV. “It was a must-win game for us and I am glad that we won it. We were the better team and had so many chances to score.

“In the end we scored just once, but it was enough to take the three points. Sometimes 1-0 is enough, and the three points are the most important thing.”

The win takes United seven points behind league leaders Liverpool, but Berbatov is confident the Reds are right in the hunt for the title.

“We are there, we are right there,” he added. “We can win it and we have two games in hand. When we win them it will be good for us, but in the end I think it’s in our hands.

“Personally I have plenty more to show. But I’ll keep working and with the help of the guys I think we can do a lot.”


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