WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

30/07/2009 07:20

Papers: Boss backs Berba

Berba to revel in his old role

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Dimitar Berbatov to finally live up to his £30.75m price tag – because he’ll be played in his proper position. The Manchester United boss has admitted he didn’t use the Bulgarian as a traditional centre-forward in his debut season at Old Trafford, but plans to make amends. Ferguson said: “I expected the form we’ve seen from Berbatov in pre-season so far. Last season was a strange one for him and maybe we didn’t use him in the right way. We know exactly how to use him now – further up the pitch playing as a centre-forward. He will improve. I think he will have a terrific season.”
Scott Coleman, Daily Star

Following the Reds' Audi Cup win over Boca Juniors, in which Antonio Valencia emulated fellow new signing Michael Owen by scoring on his debut, The Daily Mail speculates that the duo can go some way to replacing the goalscoring mantle of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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