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United - Berbatov Hangs Up National Boots!

With Paul Scholes having turned down the chance to get involved at international level again, one of his United team colleagues, Dimitar Berbatov has also opted to leave the international arena,

Speaking at a press conference in Sofia, Berbatov announced his decision remarking,

"I have decided to step down from the national team, starting today."

With Bulgaria not having qualified for South Africa 2010, Bebratov explained that he wanted to give younger players the opportunity to step out from his shadow.

Perhaps we should point out that at 29 years of age Berbatov hasn`t exactly got distant memories of the first flushing of youth.

However, with speculation rife that Bebratov could be the biggest name cast adrift by Sir Alex as he attempts to reshape the United squad ahead of next season, the Bulgarian has reiterated his desire to stay at Old Trafford commenting,

"I am going nowhere."

"I have arrived where I want to be. I have reached the summit."


Not quite a statement of Cantona-esque proportions but a statement of intent nevertheless!

All we can do is wait and see if Sir Alex shares similar views on the future of a player who cost 30 million but has only scored 26 times in 65 appearances!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 13 2010

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

If he could only show the same desire on the pitch he could have a bit more support from the Utd family but for me more than anything else I just feel its a mental thing,he might be finding it very hard to cope with the pressure,I do have a lot of sympathy for him but the pressure thing is something every Utd player has to undergo,no one can escape that,if SAF does give him a chance, I hope he makes the most of it this time around.
Antriksh (abmtd)
If we do go for another striker,I guess it will be curtains for him and we can kiss Berba goodbye.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Hope that means that we can look towards a better and more focused Berba next season! Class player just hasn't has the luck of the draw!
elvido
According to wiki he's actually scored 26 in 86.

I'm torn on what to do with him. I think he looked a broken man in the last few games and the arrival of a big name striker will not do anything to help him. If we're not bringing in another striker then we definately shouldnt let him go. But I also dont agree that just bringing in anybody to replace him is the answer. Any replacement should obviously have more pace but I also think versatility is the key here. Bringing in a target man is pointless as he'll be benched for Rooney in the big games and will suffer the same lack of confidence and rhythm as Berba. We need a striker versatile enough to play out wide so that they can be involved in the big games. If not, talent wont matter - as we'll just end up with another unhappy striker on the bench who then cant perform when called up at short notice - just like Berba, Owen, Tevez and Forlan.
tuscan3000
Like all players who 'retire' from international football, he places personal interest above all else. I don't remember many of them at the start of their careers announcing to their international managers that they were available for selection. Disgraceful arrogance, and I include the likes of Lineker, Shearer and Scholes.
lordjohnny
lordjohnny, Scholes wasn't arrogant, the fact that the idiot swede shunted him out on the left to accommodate that **** Stevie and fat Frank had a lot to do with it. Why should your best midfielder in a decade or so bend over?
elvido
26 in 65 or 26 in 86 - not good enough in my book!
Red Boy
Not good enough, but the question is selling him and buying a replacement will cost us on both sides, sell at a (Big)loss and pay ridiculous amounts for the few strikers that are out there!
elvido
 

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