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.

Papers: Berba abroad?

19/03/2012 09:30

The Guardian's website reports...

Berbatov set to leave United, says agent
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov is poised to leave Manchester United at the end of the season despite the English champions taking up an extra year's option on his contract, his agent said on Sunday. "I had three meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Emil Danchev told Bulgarian media. “We should accept that he'll try to build a team for the next three or four years and Berbatov will not be part of this team. Ferguson wants to change the playing style, to implement more speed. I was pleased with United's position as they said they'll not oppose Berbatov's move in the summer.” Berbatov, who is Bulgaria's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. “I understand he wants first-team football,” Ferguson said earlier this week. “It's difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere.” Berbatov, joint top scorer in the Premier League last season, has lost his starting spot at United with Danchev saying the 31-year-old will attempt to revive his club career in another top European league. “Dimitar will most probably leave England but he doesn't want to move to the US, Japan, United Arab Emirates or championships like these,” said Danchev.

Of course, today’s papers are filled with reaction to United’s 5-0 win over Wolves with many of the nationals featuring quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney on the title race – as first published by ManUtd.com on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the Daily Express pays tribute to Paul Scholes and his performance at Molineux. Ian Ridley writes, “Since Scholes was persuaded out of retirement, following defeats by Blackburn and Newcastle, United have taken 25 points from 27 to overtake Manchester City. His influence is immense.”

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