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Berbatov Should Have Dreamed About United In 2006

Dimitar Berbatov pleaded Spurs to allow him fulfil his dream.

Our protracted chase for the Bulgarian has been all over the media yet it seems we are no nearer to an agreement than we were in June. The clubs, amazingly, still could not agree a fee while we are woefully short on attacking options for various reasons.

Berbatov is getting impatient, it's clear: he broke his silence and told Spurs through the press to allow him to fulfil his dream of joining United. It should be good news but I feel a little bitterness about it.

Because it is Dimitar Berbatov's fault. If it's a dream for him to play for Manchester United, then why didn't he seize the opportunity to sign for the club in 2006 when we were looking for a replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy? Perhaps he's not as confident as he's pictured to be?

But of course it does not matter now. What matters is to seal this signing before Friday so that we can register him with the Premier League in order to be able to field him at Fratton Park. That's the most important now, not the past.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 18 2008

Time: 12:38PM

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Yes that did surprise me a bit as well - United really needed a striker back then too, and when Berbatov joined Spurs, he could easily have popped over to us instead. Either he thought he'd have a better chance with Spurs and just wanted to see how it went, and never imagined he could get into the United team, but now wants to. If not that, maybe he's just unhappy with what's going on at Spurs (though I can't imagine why he would be). Anyway, no harm done: he did well for Spurs, and Rooney and Ronaldo stepped it up for United. I think we will have a new striker sooner or later, but I'm not so sure it's going to be Berbatov. I feel Fergie is looking elsewhere (he watched Blackburn's Santa Cruz at the weekend) and, unless Tottenham pull the price down, he'll get someone else.
Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 12:48:00

Spurs fan here. The problem is that United never really committed to Berbatov in 2006. Spurs knew they wanted him and didn't hesitate to pay up when Bayer Leverkusen put a price on him. Berbatov has since said something like: "Spurs showed they wanted me. Where were all those other clubs then?" Most Spurs fans would probably like him to go now, we're as sick of this epic as you are. And I'm sick of the way players are simply allowed to ride roughshod over contractual obligations.
Shannon
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18/08/2008 13:00:00

Berba never moved in 2006 because, Man U never put in a bid to BL.. Spurs offered the asking price and took him. If Man U want him they should pay the the asking price, otherwise Spurs should just sell him abroad like what Fergie did to Heinze when he wouldn't allow him to go to Liverpool. Spurs should sell him abroad for 25m... If Utd want him they should pay the 30 odd million. If Tevez is worth 32m then Berba is worth at least 40m
Biggie169
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18/08/2008 13:03:00

i can see us signing someone other than Berbatov also, and has he just realised that this "dream" of his is 2 years late?? Surely if it's his dream to play for us he would have signed then, rather than signing for spurs!!?? He is/ can be very skillful, but at times he does seem like a bit of a mercenary, makes you wonder if he's just after the money??!!??
wolfe yid
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18/08/2008 13:03:00

I have no doubt that if Barca were to make an offer we'd be hearing that it's been his dream to play for them too. Players are so full of s*** and their contracts mean nothing. Please just get rid of him so we can get someone in, it's already having an effect on the team, the Boro result proves that. If he's good enough to be on the bench then why did he not start, talk about bite your nose off to spite your face Mr Ramos.
thfcchris
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18/08/2008 13:49:00

Cant wait for him to leave , there is no doubting his quality but the bloke is abit of a prxck really , Spurs are just squeezing for as much as they can , who can blame them , but id be amazed if he wasnt a Utd player by the end of the window
eastsideyid
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18/08/2008 13:54:00

Man utd never bid for him, there was probably interest but with no bid how could he have joined us?
rooneyisgod
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18/08/2008 14:21:00

'Dimitar Berbatov pleaded Spurs to allow him fulfil his dream.' This story if you listen to the whole interview and not just the daily mail manuised version is rubbish. Like your grammer. I thought you delayed you team photo to last friday to get him in it? Oh, that was the mail as well.
jol ie good
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18/08/2008 14:35:00

The mail is such a load of *****!
Grapes26
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18/08/2008 16:23:00

Nobody like the Mail.
Tosswink
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18/08/2008 16:57:00

From what Spurs have been saying recently, I do have my doubts about Berbatov. Of course, I trust Ferguson to the utmost, but I just hope we get the best striker for United, whether it be Berbatov or someone else.
Man utd champions
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18/08/2008 17:08:00

TBH i dont think an extra striker will help us much at the moment. Tevez is coming back and alongside Rooney that is our mainchoice. Its in midfield where were fecked....no Carrick, Anderson, Hargreaves, Nani, Park or Giggs.
united4life
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18/08/2008 19:23:00

..or Ronaldo. (How could I forget?)
united4life
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18/08/2008 19:23:00

hmm...i dont see berbatov coming... its taking too long, and I dont see us giving spurs the money they are after..face it boys...no striker signing this year either.. Tosswink, whats the status on Dong?
alexpant
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19/08/2008 06:38:00

Should be back from the Olympics soong, then the cloning process can begin!
Tosswink
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19/08/2008 10:37:00

U didn't even noticed him that time.Just like santa Cruz.Now ther r performing all want them.I just hope that u get him at the last time if possible not in this summer!LOL.
Saimon_blues
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19/08/2008 10:47:00

Lads spurs fan here. Now im not the biggest Berba fan in the world, don't get me wrong he's bloody good, but his attitude stinks. Do you think he is worth 25m when you have Ronaldo (Who PS i can't stand, but got to give it to him is bloody amazing i would have him at the lane tomorrow like im sure most club's would.) Rooney and Tevez?. I personally Don't see where he would fit in to a Utd side where you have already got such a good attacking force?
Grapes26
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19/08/2008 11:12:00

Ha ha JT is the captain.
Saimon_blues
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19/08/2008 17:39:00

^ Yes it is something of a joke having that fouth-mouthed, spitting crybaby in charge of a national side....Let's just hope England he doesnt take a penalty, shall we!
united4life
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19/08/2008 19:54:00

I have great respect for John Terry, Saimon_blues, and as a United fan, you probably won't believe me, but I cannot think why John Terry would be chosen over Ferdinand for reasons other than that not getting it would shatter him???
Man utd champions
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19/08/2008 19:57:00

And on Berbatov... have heard great things on him from ex-players, such as how is so much like Cantona (that bored look, then the brilliance, being accused of laziness at his club before moving to United and performing wonders) but I really am beginning to doubt we will get him.
Man utd champions
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19/08/2008 19:58:00

JT had his chance as England captain and couldn,t do nothing so i think i shall be looking for someone else to support in 2010 when england dont make it.
rooneyisgod
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19/08/2008 20:50:00

I agree. I just think Terry couldn't lift England when it mattered most, and though he's undoubtably a good captain, someone else deserves a chance. I only hope this disappointment will not affect Ferdinand's play. But if United do really well this season, and as long as England qualify. I really won't care that much about Terry being captain over Ferdinand.
Man utd champions
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20/08/2008 09:25:00

*Far prefer to listen to Ferdinand in interviews though - he's becoming almost eloquent. Terry I find annoying, and whatever he says, I never truly am convinced.
Man utd champions
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20/08/2008 09:26:00

Just had a thought - what's the chance of Terry spouting that Croatia have reached their peak, and they have no other levels to go to. Please, no...
Man utd champions
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20/08/2008 09:27:00

I'm gutted Berbatov is heading your way (it will happen). He'll be amazing for you lot, especially for Rooney, who I'm sure will be the main beneficiary. It's like Berbatov has glue on his boots, give him the ball from any direction, at any hight and he'll control it then play a sublime pass or bang it in the net. Rarely gives it away too. Gutted.
Scottspur
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20/08/2008 12:13:00

Mad not to have paid the 30m already. Would have been the difference between 1 point or 3 last weekend.
Scottspur
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20/08/2008 12:18:00

Have to say I agree with you on the last point, Scottspur. Am hoping you're right on the first comment, too, especially with the Rooney thing - he deserves something to go his way at last. Here's hoping he'll be the next Cantona.
Man utd champions
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20/08/2008 17:02:00

pay up or shut up
123spurs
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20/08/2008 17:28:00

i think we must brace ourselve for dissapointment. i cant se anyone signign before september 1st
united4life
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20/08/2008 22:04:00

Sadly, I am inclined to agree with you, united4life. I shouldn't doubt Ferguson, but I am starting to wonder what he has actually achieved in this pre-season of any importance (Tevez and da Silva twins signing on excepted). It's a real struggle to find any positives at the moment.
Man utd champions
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21/08/2008 09:03:00

What does everyone think abotu Silvestre moving to Arsenal???
Man utd champions
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21/08/2008 09:07:00

* about
Man utd champions
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21/08/2008 09:07:00

Personally, I was really surprised when I heard this, and I do have some worries if our defence were to get injured that we'd be a bit short, especially now Pique's gone. Ferguson and Wenger seem to be on a lot better terms during the past few years - I wonder why?
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