Dimitar Berbatov was extremely captivating and entertaining. The Bulgarian striker was incredibly gifted and, in many ways, unlike any other forward that was playing in England when he was at his peak. As a frontman, he was completely unique.
He signed for Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2008, costing the Reds £30.75million. The London club had also accepted a bid from Manchester City, but Berbatov, after signing a four-year deal with United, claimed that he “would not even have thought about Manchester City”.
The Bulgarian made a strong start to life at Old Trafford, registering 14 goals and 11 assists in his debut campaign with the Reds. He was expected to kick on and thrive, but the following season proved more difficult for Berbatov – despite the player recording similar statistics to the previous term. There was, for a brief period, speculation that he could even leave the club, but Sir Alex Fergusonquickly rubbished such claims.
Berbatov, as many expected him to, would ultimately go on and prove his worth. The Bulgarian enjoyed a prolific 2010/11 campaign, scoring 20 times in the Premier League. His strong showings saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year, with the forward featuring alongside Carlos Tevez, whom he shared the Premier League Golden Boot award with.
Despite his impressive form in the top flight, the striker had not managed to find the back of the net in his seven appearances in Europe that season. His sole assist in the Champions League that campaign came in the semi-final second-leg victory over German outfit Schalke.
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