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16/01/2009 08:44

Papers: Beware Berba

Beware of the Berba
Alex Ferguson reckons Dimitar Berbatov is on the brink of recapturing his top form. Berba, the Red Devils’ £30million summer signing, has had a low-key start to his Old Trafford career, with just four league goals so far. But Fergie insists he has been delighted with Berba since his arrival and predicts the Bulgarian could be about to come to the fore. The United boss said: “I am pleased by Dimitar’s progress in settling into the team. When you pay a lot of money for a player, he inevitably comes under close scrutiny. It happened to Juan Veron and Rio Ferdinand - and Dimitar has also suffered from the impatience of people when a new guy makes a big move. At Tottenham, he orchestrated most of their play. If at times he has looked a bit isolated, it was because our players needed to adjust to him as much as he has needed to learn our ways. But he has settled in very well and I have the feeling that we are about to see the best of Berbatov."
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

The Daily Star claims on-loan United striker Carlos Tevez will still be in the Premier League next season, but with Chelsea. The Blues, who are allegedly set to offload Didier Drogba, have identified the Argentine as the man to bolster their forward line.

Bolton manager Gary Megson laughs off Rafael Benitez's suggestion that United receive favourable refereeing, insisting that all the "big four" benefit from helpful officials. “The top four all get treated differently to the other 16 teams anyway,” he says.

Having witnessed the midweek display of Wigan at Old Trafford, The Daily Mirror's Alan Nixon puts forward Latics boss Steve Bruce as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson: "Is there a manager around with Red blood in his veins who has done better with the resources Bruce has at the clubs he has been with? No way."

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