Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Berbatov Could Be Out For Weeks

Berbatov Could Be Out For Weeks

Dimitar Berbatov wasn't even in the squad for Saturday's trip to Birmingham and as poorly as he played against Leeds, you had to suspect it wasn't simply a tactical decision: after all, he can clearly offer more than Michael Owen or the untested Mame Diouf.

Sure enough, it was down to the troublesome knee injury which has been a persistent problem for Berbatov in the past few months and it might be time for drastic action.

'Dimitar wanted to play with it but we felt we should try to get it sorted and get him fit again,' Ferguson said.

'He may have to have an exploratory operation.'

Which would mean several weeks on the sidelines. If the surgery is to go ahead then it should happen now, so that Berbatov does have a fighting chance of being fit for our Champions League double-header against AC Milan. But it's definitely another blow in a season ravaged by injuries anyway.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Zae
Date:Monday January 11 2010
Time: 1:50PM

Comments

0
One positive thing to it though: hopefully we will see more of Diouf. We seem to have a striker with real pace at last, something we've lacked since Saha.
Zae
11/01/2010 14:23:00
0
Haven't heard too many reds bemoaning his loss.
fifthcolumnblue
11/01/2010 14:44:00
0
Places even more pressure on Rooney so regardless of Berbatov's form, this is bad news.
Zae
11/01/2010 14:47:00
0
Why is fergie so reluctant to give Owen game time? Surely an Owen/Rooney partnership would work reasonably well?
fifthcolumnblue
11/01/2010 14:55:00
0
Why would it? Against Burnley and Hull at home, maybe. But I'd rather see Diouf getting opportunities, he has potential. Owen is useful in certain circumstances: when we dominate, can get plenty of balls into the box and the opposition is known to be shaky in defence (exhibit A: Manchester City home), or when we have plenty of space on the break and he can exploit it (exhibit B: Wolfsburg away). But unfortunately, the examples above are Owen's only two good games this season. The rest can be forgotten.
Zae
11/01/2010 15:01:00
0
Owen is essentially a passenger inv every game he plays. Like Zae says its fine if we are camped around the opponents area as he doesnt have to do anything but finish; but our form hasnt been good enough and we can't accomodate a second passenger when scholes is already playing. I think this is the beginning of the end for berba. He'll just be another good player who faltered under the pressure of OT. Or he'll have to accept his place as our third or fourth choice striker. Or he'll have to find some confidence from somewhere which at the moment, seems to be the least likely thing to happen.
tuscan3000
11/01/2010 17:34:00
0
Normally I'd have been a bit relieved at Berbaflop missing games against us but in light of recent performances I think I'd rather he was available. So, will Owen be picked against our 'shaky' defence or will F******* stick with the kids? Actually, I don't care what he does as either way we are going to win. Comfortably.
kennyclementstache
11/01/2010 17:40:00
0
Just finished watching Tevez produce a real match winning performance for City. Berbatov? I'll let you make your own minds up. In fact, get on the blower to Spurs and we'll do you a swap for Crouch, or you should have a look at Heskey. You may laugh, but your two strikers would benefit massively from having either of those two at the club right now rather than the great bulgar.
Jinkin Jimmy Dimmock
11/01/2010 22:07:00
0
And as for Michael Owen, you can't say you weren't warned. Carlo Cudicin's in better shape than him.
Jinkin Jimmy Dimmock
11/01/2010 22:16:00
0
Oh well looks like we shall be seeing 4-5-1 a whole lot more
khoder
12/01/2010 00:31:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Recent Manchester United Articles

The Last Time United Played City on a Thursday Was……

Scheduled to play Manchester City on a Thursday night, in a Premier League game, feels kind of strange.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Managerial Talk

Tomorrow night Manchester United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium for a derby fixture they are hoping will see them take the three points on offer.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Early Team News

It`s a Manchester derby with a difference this Thursday evening.

United Unlikely to Land Top Italian Keeper

Despite what the speculation might be implying!

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

City v United?
Suggested By: Red Boy
City to Win!1%
United to Win!66%
A Draw!33%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 33 22 8 3 74 47
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 32 19 7 6 64 28
5 Man Utd 32 17 12 3 63 26
6 Arsenal 32 18 6 8 60 24
7 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 5 18 38 -8
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 33 10 7 16 37 -13
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 34 5 12 17 27 -19
20 Sunderland 33 5 6 22 21 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 27 2017 8:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 30 2017 12:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2017 4:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Aug 7 2017 12:00AM : Leicester City (a)
Community Shield
Vital Football Comment