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Berbatov's Penalty Was Unacceptable

Please note: I'm not one of the Berbatov bashers. I believe he'll become an excellent signing, I believe he's already contributed significantly to our cause this season. I have no issues with his workrate which is nothing more than a red herring. I like his style and my only criticism of him would be that he's not confident enough yet to exert full influence on games; he's too happy to remain in the shadow of Rooney, Ronaldo and co.

But, even though I like him, his penalty against Everton was unacceptable. I read how he reasoned: that Howard got the angle he had been looking for in the last minute so he saved it. But it's lame. The fact is that it was a lame, half-arsed spotkick in the shootout of the FA Cup semi-final where we could have gained a huge psychological advantage as Cahill had already missed the first penalty.

If he blasts it out of the stadium: fine. It happens to the greatest players. But simply passing it to the keeper? That's unacceptable and with this he totally let the team down.

I'd say he deserves to be left out of the squad on Wednesday but we need him: Macheda and Welbeck won't get another start so soon and Tevez's contributions now verge on the invisible. But he's got a lot to make up for.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 20 2009

Time: 6:13PM

Your Comments

Before stating about berbatov,I would just like to pass a comment on this topic of ''utd degrading the fa cup'' brought up by the tottenham supporters.I would like to bring to their notice that it was tottenham against shakthar playing their second or third string team out in a game where all was not lost,there was still a chance.But harry had other priorites,fair enough but I guess utd too,have other priorities,don't they?
abmtd
Before stating about berbatov,I would just like to pass a comment on this topic of ''utd degrading the fa cup'' brought up by the tottenham supporters.I would like to bring to their notice that it was tottenham against shakthar playing their second or third string team out in a game where all was not lost,there was still a chance.But harry had other priorites,fair enough but I guess utd too,have other priorities,don't they?
abmtd
As far as the utd fans at the stadium are concerned,I have no excuses,they paid big money,stood in lines for long hours but its not that utd lost by six or seven goals,they fought their heart out against a nearly full strength everton team and just lost on penalties.What most people forget is that a team is not made by names but the level of commitment and ofcourse skill that one possesses has the last say.I still stand by what I said that I'm proud of the players and will always be with that kind of commitment.
abmtd
As far as the utd fans at the stadium are concerned,I have no excuses,they paid big money,stood in lines for long hours but its not that utd lost by six or seven goals,they fought their heart out against a nearly full strength everton team and just lost on penalties.What most people forget is that a team is not made by names but the level of commitment and ofcourse skill that one possesses has the last say.I still stand by what I said that I'm proud of the players and will always be with that kind of commitment.
abmtd
Now as far as our very own berba is concerned,I'll only say that pls don't judge a player in one season give him time.I have gone on various sites and read numerous articles about this guy being a waste but as Zae has rightfully mentioned its not that he hasn't done anything,yes he is not the one that performed so well for spurs but we will see that as well if we give him time.Berba you still have my support.
abmtd
Now as far as our very own berba is concerned,I'll only say that pls don't judge a player in one season give him time.I have gone on various sites and read numerous articles about this guy being a waste but as Zae has rightfully mentioned its not that he hasn't done anything,yes he is not the one that performed so well for spurs but we will see that as well if we give him time.Berba you still have my support.
abmtd
What irritates me the most is the manner in which the media our criticising him,don't they remember drogba who in his first season did not exactly set fire to the EPL but over a period of time turned out to be one of the most feared strikers in europe.It seems like everyone just wants a target and jump on his back.
abmtd
What irritates me the most is the manner in which the media our criticising him,don't they remember drogba who in his first season did not exactly set fire to the EPL but over a period of time turned out to be one of the most feared strikers in europe.It seems like everyone just wants a target and jump on his back.
abmtd
First seasons are notoriously misleading, but it's not as if he's new to the country. I am slightly disappointed with him, partly because I really like Tevez (not Berbatov's fault i know but still) and i do just wonder if it was worth it, with Tevez possibly leaving as a result :(
Man utd champions
First seasons are notoriously misleading, but it's not as if he's new to the country. I am slightly disappointed with him, partly because I really like Tevez (not Berbatov's fault i know but still) and i do just wonder if it was worth it, with Tevez possibly leaving as a result :(
Man utd champions
As far as his attitude is concerned,his workrate was always going to be minimal and he hardly smiles to make the people or the so called media realise that he is enjoying his time at Old Trafford.As a result people think that he is not intrested.
abmtd
As far as his attitude is concerned,his workrate was always going to be minimal and he hardly smiles to make the people or the so called media realise that he is enjoying his time at Old Trafford.As a result people think that he is not intrested.
abmtd
And Zae, don't really think it's unconfidence - sometimes he's almost overconfident I think and doesn't bother too much.
Man utd champions
And Zae, don't really think it's unconfidence - sometimes he's almost overconfident I think and doesn't bother too much.
Man utd champions
Rooney is our only consistent striker - if he's injured as is reported, we're struggling. And he needs to be less selfish and play in the positions he's best in.
Man utd champions
Rooney is our only consistent striker - if he's injured as is reported, we're struggling. And he needs to be less selfish and play in the positions he's best in.
Man utd champions
The point about the penalty is a bit harsh I felt.I thought long and hard about the penalty and I recalled Del Piero scoring a similar penalty by just passing it in against chelsea.The thing is it can look beautiful if it goes in and it can look extremely bad if you miss it and unfortunately he missed it.
abmtd
The point about the penalty is a bit harsh I felt.I thought long and hard about the penalty and I recalled Del Piero scoring a similar penalty by just passing it in against chelsea.The thing is it can look beautiful if it goes in and it can look extremely bad if you miss it and unfortunately he missed it.
abmtd
Man utd champions-I thought u would say Rooney has to be more selfish
abmtd
Man utd champions-I thought u would say Rooney has to be more selfish
abmtd
not sure about being unacceptable - more feckin funny :-)
merlin
not sure about being unacceptable - more feckin funny :-)
merlin
Aye, he tried to stroke it in, eh? Berba, you are NOT up against VDS, remember! Howard's a much better keeper..
JT_daniel
Aye, he tried to stroke it in, eh? Berba, you are NOT up against VDS, remember! Howard's a much better keeper..
JT_daniel
I COMPLETELY AGREE THAT 1ST SEASONS CAN BE MISLEADING, BERBATOV WAS ON FIRE FOR HIS 1ST SEASON IN ENGLAND AND HAS BEING ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL SINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Irishspur
I COMPLETELY AGREE THAT 1ST SEASONS CAN BE MISLEADING, BERBATOV WAS ON FIRE FOR HIS 1ST SEASON IN ENGLAND AND HAS BEING ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL SINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Irishspur
I DON'T THINK HE HAS PLAYED TOO BAD THROUGHOUT THE SEASON BUT THE PENALTY WAS PATHETIC. HE CAN COME BACK TO US IF YE ACCEPT 15 MILLION.
Irishspur
I DON'T THINK HE HAS PLAYED TOO BAD THROUGHOUT THE SEASON BUT THE PENALTY WAS PATHETIC. HE CAN COME BACK TO US IF YE ACCEPT 15 MILLION.
Irishspur
thanks for your whole mssg being in caps irishspur....i think berba is struggling as he isn't used to sharing the spotlight with soo many stars or even being just another guy in the squad not the superstar...i think he needs to adapt to that....i think he needs to show us that he wants to prove himself...cuz even if we and fergie think he is a good striker he needs to show us the type of hunger that rooney and tevez show.....i don't mean he has to chase down every ball like tevez and rooney, but just be around goal....not disappear for the whole game... he has done decent, but so far not worth the 30 mill....maybe he is struggling with that also the weight of expectation...i dunno
ibrahiy
thanks for your whole mssg being in caps irishspur....i think berba is struggling as he isn't used to sharing the spotlight with soo many stars or even being just another guy in the squad not the superstar...i think he needs to adapt to that....i think he needs to show us that he wants to prove himself...cuz even if we and fergie think he is a good striker he needs to show us the type of hunger that rooney and tevez show.....i don't mean he has to chase down every ball like tevez and rooney, but just be around goal....not disappear for the whole game... he has done decent, but so far not worth the 30 mill....maybe he is struggling with that also the weight of expectation...i dunno
ibrahiy
The man will never show the hunger you want him too. I thought he was just like that at Tottenham but he is showing the emotions or lake of them playing for your lot. Dont get me wrong I think he is a wonderful player, but he needs a good kick up the backside. But sadley he will come good for you. Any chance we can have Carrick back??
Mark the yid
The man will never show the hunger you want him too. I thought he was just like that at Tottenham but he is showing the emotions or lake of them playing for your lot. Dont get me wrong I think he is a wonderful player, but he needs a good kick up the backside. But sadley he will come good for you. Any chance we can have Carrick back??
Mark the yid
Sorry abmtd i am majorly biased towards Rooney. To be fair though, if he doesn't take chances, we've got Tevez who hardly plays (so if he comes on can hardly be in the best of form); Berbatov who we've been talking about; and Ronaldo who might do something terrific or might not be in the mood and just walk around doing nothing.
Man utd champions
Sorry abmtd i am majorly biased towards Rooney. To be fair though, if he doesn't take chances, we've got Tevez who hardly plays (so if he comes on can hardly be in the best of form); Berbatov who we've been talking about; and Ronaldo who might do something terrific or might not be in the mood and just walk around doing nothing.
Man utd champions
I thought Tevez was one of your better players on Sunday, but I do agree about the penalty, I haven't seen as a bad a pen ever, truly terrible.
toffeetower
I thought Tevez was one of your better players on Sunday, but I do agree about the penalty, I haven't seen as a bad a pen ever, truly terrible.
toffeetower
The penalty was hysterical, I almost fell off my barstool. Ferdinand's was almost as good. Will you buy Tevez 'cos if not we'll have him. But not Berbatov.
kennyclementstache
The penalty was hysterical, I almost fell off my barstool. Ferdinand's was almost as good. Will you buy Tevez 'cos if not we'll have him. But not Berbatov.
kennyclementstache
 

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