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12/12/2008 12:34

Papers: Jury out on Berba

Berbatov feeling the heat
United fans only have one song for Dimitar Berbatov so far. Sung to the tune of Jesus Christ Superstar, it goes: "Dimitar. Berbatov. Took one look at City and said **** off." As amusing as it may or may not be, the ditty hardly represents a ringing endorsement of a player who arrived at Old Trafford following an outlay of £30.75million and 12 months of hardball with Tottenham. After more than three months at United, Berbatov would have hoped to inspire something more endearing than mere recognition that he ignored the late advances of derby rivals Manchester City to join the club. Furthermore, a quick poll of a handful of United supporters this week provoked revealing responses as their club's record signing prepares to return to White Hart Lane tomorrow. Asked about the lack of tangible affection towards their Bulgaria striker, none were entirely positive. "He is seen as lazy by some of us and we won't have that," one season ticket holder, a 50-year-old company director, told Sportsmail. "To be honest, the only song we would sing about him would be one suggesting he should disappear back to Tottenham." Others felt it was too early to judge the Bulgarian. "We're just waiting for him to click," stressed a 49-year-old media figure. But the jury would appear to be out regarding Berbatov.
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

The Sun says police will target fans who taunt Berbatov on his return to White Hart Lane and quotes Spurs boss Harry Redknapp as saying, "I don't blame Berba for going."

Several papers claim UEFA will ban Wayne Rooney following the Aalborg game but they can't agree on the length - will he miss two (Mail), three (Times) or five (Mirror) matches?

Finally, The Times says the Office of Fair Trading will examine United's ticketing policy.

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