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22/12/2010 11:00

Papers: Berba's pledge

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph

Berbatov would rather retire then leave United
Dimitar Berbatov has ruled out a move from Manchester United by claiming he would rather retire than leave. Berbatov continues to divide opinion as a United player having struggled to justify his £30.75 million transfer fee since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2008. The Bulgarian, who scored five goals in a 7-1 win against Blackburn last month, tops the Premier League scoring charts with 11 goals this season, but United have yet to agree a new deal to replace the final 18 months of his contract. But speaking after being named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year for the seventh time, Berbatov said: “I fought to have a chance to play for United and now I can only go down if I leave,” he said. “Why I should do this? It would be better to retire.”

Former United striker Andy Ritchie has backed Danny Welbeck to break into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team plans upon his return from Sunderland on loan. In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Ritchie claims Welbeck has developed all the attributes needed to succeed at Old Trafford: “He had a taster last season and now he has moved up a level to discover what it is like playing every match in the Premier League in front of the kind of big crowds Sunderland get. He looks like he has a better chance than ever of coming back to United for good.”

The Sun reports Sir Alex has picked up yet another trophy – MUTV's 'Big United Quiz'. The boss, plus club doctor Steve McNally and physio Neil Hough, beat Ryan Giggs, who was joined by Gary Neville and Michael Carrick. The paper also features an exclusive interview with Wayne Rooney featuring the striker’s Christmas Day plans.

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