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(q8-manutd) said:
He is good player but Huntelaar is better than berba..
I am actually very disappointed if true.

With Huntelaar screaming loudly for United to get him and sitting on his new contract, this comes as a little shock to be honest.

I much prefer Huntelaar. Younger, sharper and a natural finisher. And thought a finisher is what we urgently need to complement Tevez and Rooney, the fox-in-the-hole type of players.

Berbatov? He is class BUT even Ramos can't stand his attitude, like some of us already suspected and mentioned in this forum. That would be a major problem, I reckon... when the going gets tough, the 'tough' can't get going. What fer???!!??

I pray it is not true. Just my opinion.
 

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hafiz_shukri00391 said:
this is really interesting...............................berbatov, wazza, tevez wow................
A Huntelaar/Wazza/Tevez combination is more exciting, deadly and explosive than a Berbatov/Wazza/Tevez combo. :D

To each his own though.... :)
 

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I certainly hope it is not true and am still disappointed that Fergie apparently ignored Huntelaar who gave more than a signal to get him.

I have two main misgivings about signing Berbatov:

1. He has poor attitude and mentally a suspect. Yet to hear Ramos persuading him to stay but only heard him giving his blessing to his exit. He is often labelled as lazy because you don't see him chasing for lost cause but only see him get disinterested or disappears when the chips are down. Yeah, sure he can bang in 4 goals in a match.... only when the team is on song. Being moody and sulking away are really secondary.

2. He is not what we really need. What we really need now is a typical goal poacher to get the business done consistently after Tevez, Rooney and company run their socks off to create the opportunities, especially now that our 42-goal hero "can't talk about my future". Not just someone who floats around classily to entertain with his technical gifts. Nice to watch but effective and ruthless? Scoring that odd goal when we are playing badly to seal the game? Sure he can score as a top striker should but that does not seem to be his main preoccupation, unlike Huntelaar.

Ok, in all fairness, either Fergie is confident he can bring out the cutting edge in Berbatov that would give us a different dimension in our offence or he is as confident to change his attitude.

And if Berbatov does put on the red jersey which is rumoured so strongly, I will try to be kinder and be more inclined.
 

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Berbatov confident of making dream move despite Spurs rebuffing United approach

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport...Spurs-rebuffing-United-approach.html?ITO=1490

Dimitar Berbatov is determined Tottenham's hard-line stance over a proposed move to Manchester United will not wreck his dream of Champions League football next season.

United have not agreed a fee with Spurs and have not raised last week's initial £20m bid.

But despite insistence from Tottenham that a new approach is not welcome, Berbatov has told those close to him that he expects to be a United player come the close of the transfer window.

Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to play a waiting game for Berbatov, given the Bulgaria striker is his only major transfer target of the summer.

Sources at United confirmed yesterday that there is no prospect of Berbatov joining them on their tour of South Africa and Nigeria, but negotiations will gather pace upon their return in a fortnight's time.
 

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Berbatov fumes as Spurs drag out his move to United

Dimitar Berbatov faces an anxious wait in his desire to upgrade to a Champions League club after Tottenham Hotspur indicated yesterday that they do not intend to negotiate with Manchester United or any other interested party.

The Bulgaria striker is eager to play again in Europe's elite competition - he made a substitute's appearance in the 2002 final against Real Madrid, while at Bayer Leverkusen - and, having seen a potential transfer to United blocked last summer, much to his chagrin, he is itching to be granted a big move this time out.

United made an opening bid of £20m for him last week, which was rejected, and they are expected to return with an improved offer to force the issue. There is a cool confidence at Old Trafford that the chief executive, David Gill, will be able to close the deal.

Yet Tottenham have adopted a typically stubborn stance, suggesting that nothing has changed between last summer and this, in that Berbatov is not for sale. The 27-year-old has two years to run on his contract and, thereafter, the club have an option on his services for a further two years. Berbatov has so far refused to agitate in public for a transfer. Although his agent, Emil Dantchev, has voiced his client's desire to play at club football's top level, Berbatov has betrayed his frustrations only through his body language, which at the beginning of last season in particular was lethargic.

The stand-off has been fuelled by United's reluctance to be seen to be acting aggressively in pursuit of a player who could form a mouthwatering partnership with Wayne Rooney. United have raged since the end of last season at Real Madrid's very public courting of Cristiano Ronaldo and, having reported the Spanish champions to Fifa, they intend to do everything by the book regarding Berbatov.

United also feel time is on their side and against Tottenham. The London club are close to the £15m capture of the midfielder David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers. Should they sign him they will take their spending for this and the previous two transfer windows to more than £100m. The manager, Juande Ramos, still has other areas in his squad that he would like to strengthen but will have to sell to generate funds.

United, by contrast, are interested in making Berbatov their only major summer signing and although Sir Alex Ferguson would like to welcome him in time for the club's tour to South Africa - they leave tomorrow - he recognises that there is no need for haste. He has previous in dealing with the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, who has a reputation for being an awkward negotiator; two summers ago talks over the transfer of Michael Carrick lasted several weeks before the midfielder completed his £18.6m move to Old Trafford.

Berbatov is currently with the Tottenham squad in Spain, and he played for a half of the 8-0 training-ground friendly win over the local team Tavernes on Monday. Giovani dos Santos, the new signing, played wide on the left and marked his first appearance with two goals.

Robbie Keane who, like Berbatov, is at the centre of transfer intrigue, also played a half. Keane is being chased by Liverpool - he is receptive to the notion of joining them - but Tottenham have placed a £20m valuation on him and, as with Berbatov, they will play hardball in any attempt to prise him away.


Btw Berbatov looks like a regular smoker..:rolleyes: :D :D

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/jul/16/premierleague.tottenhamhotspur
 

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Berbatov closer to exit

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Dimitar Berbatov has all but sealed a move to Manchester United after the Old Trafford club indicated that they were willing to pay around £28m for the striker.

At the time of going to press, United had not yet met Spurs' valuation but a resolution seems likely, despite Daniel Levy's determination to drive a hard bargain.


United's long-standing interest in Berbatov became more concrete last week when Cristiano Ronaldo was ruled out for 12 weeks following knee surgery.

That left United in need of attacking reinforcements regardless of whether the Portuguese superstar - or 'slave' as he prefers to be known - can force through a move to Real Madrid.

If and when Spurs and United can agree a fee - and it could either take days or weeks - the rest of the deal is expected to fall into place.

Berbatov's representative, Emil Dantchev, is already understood to have met with United with Spurs' permission, to discuss the player's personal terms.

The Bulgarian's own keenness to move should make those discussions a formality.


Whatever fee Levy finally settles for, it will smash Tottenham's existing record transfer, the £18.6m United paid Spurs for Michael Carrick two summers ago.

However, the monies will likely fall short of the £29.1m domestic transfer record set by United when signing Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United in 2002


Viva Berbatov? :( :rolleyes: :D :eek:
 

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Fergie Confirms Berba Bid

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United's interest in Dimitar Berbatov, revealing that he is confident of having the Tottenham striker in his squad come August…

United have long been linked with a move for Berbatov, but only over the last week or so have they really stepped up their attempts to sign the Bulgarian hitman.

Reports indicated the Red Devils had offered somewhere between ₤20million and ₤28million for the 27-year-old, although these claims have recently been smothered in the press.

However, Ferguson revealed that United have in fact lodged a bid for the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man, who has established himself among the Premier League's best attackers since arriving at White Hart Lane in 2006.

“We have made Tottenham an offer on Berbatov and we have good expectations that this deal will go through,†the Scot said in The Sun.

“Berbatov has been impressive during a long time and would be a great addition to our attack.â€


Ferguson is eager to add another dimension to his forward line, which currently boasts a wealth of deep-lying strikers, such as Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, but no true centre-forward.

Berbatov could prove an ideal solution, as his partnership with Robbie Keane at Spurs has produced no less than 91 goals over the past two seasons – not to mention a truckload of direct assists.

Understandably, the Lilywhites are desperate to keep hold of the silky striker – especially considering Liverpool's interest in Keane – and may hold out for more than ₤30million.

But Ferguson is not concerned about such potential impediments, despite the fact the start of the domestic season (August 16) is drawing ever nearer.

“I think time will work for us more than against us,†he added. “We will not stress this situation.

“We are hoping to have a constructive conversation with Tottenhamin the near future.â€
 

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Well.... it is the Sun .... but I think they've paid enough lawsuits to know not to misquote Fergie.

The headline actually reads :Fergie: Berba's mine" and actually quotes Fergie saying he made anb offer for Berba.

It's time to get excited then!
Agree.

Whenever there are direct personal quotes, it is almost always more believable. This contrasts to news that have no quotes at all but based on 'clever' interpretations or twisting a certain incident to infer a certain conclusion.

Looks like we can argue for Huntelaar till the cows come home but it is not going to be. :( ...........................................................................................................:)

So....

Viva Berbatov!! Or did you say "Ooh Aah Dimitar!"?? :D
 

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Trying hard to warm up to Berbatov by taking the first baby step of posting some articles about him... :rolleyes: :D


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Berbatov can be Manchester United's new Cantona, insists ex-Old Trafford legend Pallister

Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov would be the closest thing Manchester United have had to Eric Cantona since the brilliant Frenchman retired according to Old Trafford legend Gary Pallister.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed United have made a bid for Berbatov and the manager expects the deal to go through which will probably cost the Barclays Premier League champions around £22million.

And former United defender Pallister, who made 317 appearances for the club between 1989 and 1998, could not be more delighted.

'Berbatov reminds me of Eric Cantona so much it is almost scary,' said the former centre-half.

'Maybe he does not have the same barrel-chest but he is similar in every other aspect of his game.

'He caresses the ball in the same manner, he has the touch, can score goals, bring others into the game and play up front on his own.'

Pallister certainly does not see Berbatov having a problem fitting in at Old Trafford and believes the Bulgarian will revel at United.

'He is the type of player fans of United love,' he said.

'There is an arrogance about him, just as Eric had, and you can tell straight away he would fit in.

'After winning the Premier League and Champions League last season, I am sure Sir Alex Ferguson felt he only needed to tweak his squad a little bit and in buying Berbatov, that is what he would be doing.'

United first faced Berbatov seven years ago during his Bayer Leverkusen days and have tackled him at mush closer quarters over the last couple of years since his move to Tottenham.

And Ferguson is sure he can bring an extra dimension to his side's attack.

'We have good expectations this deal will go through,' said the Scot.

'Berbatov has been impressive for a long time and would be a great addition to our attack.

'Time will work for us more than against us. We will not stress and we are hoping to have a constructive conversation with Tottenham in the near future.'

United have landed in Cape Town at the start of their three-match tour of South Africa without Owen Hargreaves, although they are confident he will recover from a knee injury in time for the season opener against Newcastle on August 17.

'By the time we come back from South Africa, Owen should be okay,' said Ferguson.

'We have certainly not written him off for the start of the season.

'He will have a series of injections in his knee but I am sure he will be fine.'
 

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Jazz 16 said:
^^^lol Versa, you will warm to him dont worry
and cheers for the articles. You will find them therapeutic, Im sure of it.
Anyway Pallister is always stealing my ideas and commenst the big goon
I can feel it now.....its gonna happen. If Ronnie stays we will be in the mix
for A LOT of trophies again. Possibly 6 or 7?
How uncanny. :eek:

Are you sure you are not Pallister in disguise? I mean, in this internet age, you will never know who is actually behind a keyboard, even if you have posted some pics. :p ;)


And more articles on Berbatov... :D


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Barca target £24m Spurs striker Dimi after being priced out of the market for Gunner Adebayor

Manchester United boss Ferguson is confident he'll land Bulgaria striker Berbatov before the start of the season and is reported to have tabled a £20m-plus bid.

But Barca are now poised to offer £24million after losing patience with Arsenal over Emmanuel Adebayor who has been valued at £35m for the Togo striker.

With United now touring Africa, reports in the Mirror suggest new Barca manager Pep Guardiola has stuck the Bulgarian on a shortlist which includes United's Carlos Tevez, Chelsea target Robinho and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.


Spurs boss Juande Ramos last night admitted he is willing to let both Berbatov and strike partner Robbie Keane go, with Liverpool poised to make a £20m move for the Republic of Ireland star.

Ramos insists that he still thinks Tottenham can break into the top four, even if they sell the two forwards who smashed nearly 50 goals between them last season.

He said: 'We'll see how it will all end, but we are talking about two very important footballers. At the moment they're with us but what will happen, will happen.

'People have to understand that this is a club that is on the stock market, a company that has to give accounts at the end of the day.'

Spurs have been linked with Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz and Real Zaragoza's 29-year-old marksman Diego Milito.
 

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Spurs put pressure on Ferguson to pay up

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/...ut-pressure-on-ferguson-to-pay-up-872852.html

The Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is confident that he has all the evidence necessary should Sir Alex Ferguson continue with his threat to sue over Spurs' remarkably robust condemnation of the Manchester United manager's conduct in the Dimitar Berbatov transfer saga. Tottenham have what they consider overwhelming evidence that Berbatov has spoken to Ferguson without their permission.

Nevertheless, the chances of a court case, or a Premier League inquiry into allegations of United breaking the League's rules with an illegal approach to Berbatov, are highly unlikely. Despite what they have said, Spurs are resigned to losing the striker and want to lever United into paying a £30m fee with up to £2m in add-ons that they regard as fair for him. However, it is the deal taking Robbie Keane to Liverpool, also criticised by Levy, that is likely to be concluded this week.

The relationship between Liverpool and Spurs is much less strained, chiefly because Liverpool are prepared to pay upwards of £15m for a 28-year-old player that many would value at no more than £10m. However, it is the money for Berbatov that will really allow Spurs to go about rebuilding their attack in time for next season.

So far United have offered around £22m, with the caveat that they are not convinced Berbatov is worth any more. Tottenham know that the 27-year-old is first among United's targets but are increasingly concerned that the deal will go through so near to the close of the transfer window at the end of August that they will have no time to marshal their resources in order to find a replacement. They feel that United will eventually pay the asking price, but would prefer it if they did so in reasonably good time, as they did with Michael Carrick two years ago. His £18.6m deal went through before the end of July.

That was the main motivation behind Levy describing Ferguson as guilty of "sheer arrogance" and being "unbelievably hypocritical" over his condemnation of Real Madrid's conduct over Cristiano Ronaldo
. Ferguson responded by denying remarks about Berbatov attributed to him in The Sun on Friday. Spurs, however, believe that their evidence of contact between Berbatov and Ferguson goes far beyond those reported words, which were alleged to have been said at a fans' meeting.

Tottenham are confident of their position and the strong wording of the statement was not undertaken lightly. While being mindful that no one is completely innocent in football when it comes to the age-old practice of "tapping up" – approaching a player without his club's permission – Spurs regard their public condemnation as the only way to resolve the matter. Thus far, they have been priced out of the market on the strikers they have inquired about, although they do expect to sign David Bentley from Blackburn this week for a fee of around £15m.
 

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English Debate: Is Berbatov The Right Man For United?

Wittingly or unwittingly, Manchester United are involved in two of the summer’s more acrimonious transfer sagas. It is not yet clear whether either Cristiano Ronaldo or Dimitar Berbatov will change clubs before the window closes at midnight on August 31st. But whatever happens, relations between United and Real Madrid, the would-be purchasers of Ronaldo, on the one hand, and Tottenham Hotspur, Berbatov’s unwilling sellers on the other, have taken a battering.

Focusing here purely on the Berbatov situation, the question arises - is he worth the aggravation? Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made a complaint to the Premier League regarding United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s alleged conduct in his attempts to sign the Bulgarian, for whom the Red Devils have reportedly bid £20million. In response Ferguson is considering legal action against Levy for defamation. Levy branded the Scot “unbelievably hypocritical” and accused him of “sheer arrogance” for quotes attributed to Ferguson in The Sun, which United’s boss emphatically denies having uttered.

The newspaper quoted Ferguson as saying he was “confident” of signing Berbatov. Levy took that as “interference” with Spurs and their player, calling it “probably one of the worst offences by any manager in the Premier League to date”.

Fergie has hit back strongly, promising that, “It is going to be very embarrassing for Tottenham because they have based their complaint on a story in The Sun. I don’t know where they got these quotes from, but it certainly wasn’t me.”

If that is true, serious questions about professional journalistic practice need top be asked of The Sun, but then what’s new. Levy, though, claims Spurs have evidence going back to last summer including direct contact with the player and/or his agent.

The lawyers are licking their lips, but again, given that two of England’s leading clubs have drawn swords on each other, a pertinent question for football fans, especially followers of United, is whether or not Berbatov is worth the aggravation.

It is not hard to see why Tottenham would like to keep the silky, sulky forward. He has been a class act since he arrived at White Hart Lane from Bayer Leverkusen for ₤11million in the summer of 2006, even if his appetite and application have occasionally raised eyebrows. He has formed a formidable and highly productive strike partnership with Robbie Keane, who, worryingly for Spurs supporters, is also unsettled, having responded negatively, from their point of view, to unwanted overtures from Liverpool. Last season, when the two of them each scored 23 goals for Spurs, taking their combined total to 91 since Berbatov joined, the Bulgarian said of his Irish team-mate:

“Obviously there are games when things are not working right but we know how to play with each other. When one is moving the other wants the ball, it's like a telepathic connection. That's what I like, he is a great technical player, he thinks with his head when he is playing and that's what I like most about him."

Keane, and just about everyone else at the Lane, has been bowled over by Berbatov’s sublime skills. But if Levy is resigned to losing a star who apparently fancies playing Champions League football with United, and is consequently rattling his sabre in order to exact the highest possible price - he is thought to be seeking £30million - would that represent good value for money for the reigning English and European champions?

Ferguson said only today in South Africa that after stocking up last summer with four young players (Owen Hargreaves, Carlos Tevez, Nani and Anderson) as part of his team-building strategy, he is delighted with the way things have gone and thinks they can progress even further.

"If you take the squad I had in Moscow for the Champions League final, I had 23 players and those 23 players will still be there,” he said. "It's a strong squad so we're happy with it at the moment. Obviously we always try to improve but it can be difficult to get the right kind of players.”

It is certainly proving difficult to get Berbatov, but is he the right kind of player?

Is Berbatov what they need? Or for that sort of money is he too old at 27? Is he really the “alternative” striker they’ve been missing since Van Nistelrooy left, or just a taller version of what they already have? And is there anyone better who’s available?

Any discussion of Berbatov’s potential value to United may seem disrespectful to Spurs, and it’s a relevant question. And it quickly embraces two other names - one past, one present, in the Old Trafford pantheon. From the past, the shadow of Eric Cantona looms large.

Indeed, when Spurs played Wigan last season, the Latics’ boss Steve Bruce, an Old Trafford graduate, said pointedly of the cultured Berbatov: “He’s sheer class. He makes it look so easy. He reminds me of a top, top player.”

Bruce was not prepared to be drawn further, but the top, top player with whom he was comparing the Bulgarian was a certain moody Frenchman who also happened to wear a turned-up collar and operate on a short fuse. And many United fans believe Berbatov could deliver “the Cantona effect” to Ferguson’s latest youthful side. They see him as the closest thing to the enigmatic Eric currently playing top-flight football. And if he proved to be as influential as the mercurial Frenchman, the response at Old Trafford would be ecstatic.

Although Berbatov is more of a target-man than Cantona was (or than Rooney or Tevez are today), he does also drop deep - and has that ability to dominatye a game and bring the best out of others. The chief beneficiaries of Cantona’s reign at Old Trafford were “Fergie’s Fledglings” - Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville - who all developed apace alongside the Frenchman.

And the feeling is that the player who would gain most if Berbatov joined United this summer would be Rooney. Pele’s comments this week that Rooney has failed to progress as expected “after two or three good years” had the ring of an uncomfortable truth. But United fans will defend the ex-Evertonian by explaining that he has sacrificed himself to the team, that he has become a willing workhorse for Ferguson in order to allow Cristiano Ronaldo, in particular, to flourish.

But pairing Berbatov with Rooney would see the younger man excel. The combination could be dynamite because - despite United’s success over the past two seasons - United have not been playing to Rooney’s strengths. He is wasted out on the wing, where he is often shifted, pragmatically, in Champions League clashes, often finding himself operating almost ads can auxiliary full-back. Nor is he an out-and-out target-man, and high balls up the middle to a Rooney marked by a tall centre-half do not maximise his potential to wreak havoc on opposing defences. That potential remains huge, but at 22, his willingness to work for the team should be handed to a more functional player while Rooney regains his confidence and devastating edge playing off a target-man with Berbatov’s touch and vision.

In one sense, United have been getting away with it in the last two seasons, winning trophies despite fielding an unbalanced attack. Ronaldo’s exceptional 42-goal haul disguised the problem, but he can’t be expected to reproduce that level of marksmanship year after year - assuming he sticks around - and with Louis Saha perennially recovering from his last injury or succumbing to the next one, Ferguson needs to concentrate his attacking resources more effectively. Signing Berbatov would achieve that. The Bulgarian would lend both height and weight to United’s attack.

No doubt his touch, ability to create space and awareness of team-mates’ positions would also go down a storm with United’s fans, as it has with Tottenham’s. Rooney - and when Rooney is rested or injured, Tevez - would benefit in the way that Robbie Keane has at The Lane. Rooney has vowed to score more goals in the coming season, and it’s fair to assume he would achieve his aim the more easily with Berbatov supplying bullets for the Scouser to fire. At the same time, Bulgaria’s skipper could be expected to bag a respectable haul of goals for himself.

Tottenham’s problem now - leaving aside Liverpool’s interest in Keane - is that if, through principle, obstinacy or legalities, Berbatov is not transferred to United, Spurs may well have a disgruntled and possibly demotivated star on their hands, something the highly-focused Juande Ramos would not welcome. Daniel Levy alluded to this when delivering his broadside against United and Liverpool last Friday. Spurs may now feel it is in their best interests to sell him for the highest price fee can exact. Rumours that Barcelona are also interested could give them the satisfaction of not selling to United, though they may need to lower their price expectations to clinch a deal with Barca. They would certainly make enough from selling Berba to finance some more high quality imports to London N17.

As for United, should they be thwarted in their attempts to snare the Bulgarian, the other available options - and there aren’t that many - would fit their bill less convincingly. Roque Santa Cruz has been mentioned. So have Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and David Villa. All have their considerable merits; but the striker who ticks most of United’s boxes right now is Dimitar Berbatov.

Now they need to use a bit of subtlety and diplomacy in their communications with Tottenham. Otherwise a willing Rooney will continue to run himself into the ground up blind alleys, and the unsmiling Berbatov will become a smouldering byword for frustration.


Hmmm... In deep thoughts... :eek: :p
 

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Given our reliance on The Slave for goals (38%) that effectively won us many games (you do need to put the ball in the net to register your dominance), would a Cantona be more relevant than a cold-blooded hitman for our current mix of players is the key issue, assuming that his attitude and mentality would be starkly different playing for us and by default due to the presence of Fergie?

..............???
 

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andersons_left_foot said:
goood point would he fit is im guessing your saying? hes a target man yet we dont really have any good supplyers (with the acception of giggs) so would he be utilised as he would if where at spurs?
Not exactly.

What I meant was would another magician be more relevant to us now or a true-blue established goal poacher (30-goal per season type of players) since it is highly unlikely that The Slave can repeat his freak season of 42 goals.

Or will style really ignite a revolution and galvanise Rooney/Tevez to put the ball in the net more clinically or an established goal poacher is needed to finish off the business more consistently?

Tough call.
 

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andersons_left_foot said:
yeah there both good points really sumate needed to be thought about although im sure fergie has, but im not sure perhaps with out ronaldo there rooney and tevez mite just score more im not to sure its a tricky one id still perfure huntalarr but i wouldnt be unhappy with berbatov i just dont think hes worth the effort or cost.
I am from the Huntelaar camp in the poll thread.

Just wondering louder who would more likely be more relevant for us. Like I said before, it is not who is better but who is better for us.
 

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andersons_left_foot said:
haha oh dear :p how bout david villa?
Huntelaar or David Villa is not actually the issue; it could be any recognised goal poacher.

We have to first answer the question whether a Cantona or a goal poacher is more dire for us with our current mix of players and to do away with our now very unhealthy reliance on The Slave for goals. Back to the drawing board. :p
 

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United To Ditch Berba Bid
Manchester United have reportedly begun looking at other options after conceding defeat in their quest to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham Hotspur…

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Oh dear, hope it is not true. Just when I am finally getting used to the idea of having Berbatov in our ranks.. :rolleyes: :D
 

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/footb...out-of-race-for-38m-berbatov-115875-20673522/

Man United priced out of race for £38m Berbatov

Manchester United are set to give up on their bid to land Dimitar Berbatov after being quoted a staggering £38million by Tottenham for the Bulgaria striker.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy have become embroiled in a war of words over Berbatov after Spurs rejected a £20m bid.

The Premier League and European champions were planning to increase their initial offer, but have now decided to look at alternative options after Levy reported United for tapping up the 27-year-old and Ferguson responded by threatening legal action.

That could lead to a game of brinkmanship, with Spurs likely to use Barcelona's growing interest to crank up a bidding war for Berbatov but United are refusing to pay a premium on a player who cost £10.9m from Bayer Leverkusen two seasons ago.



http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=508476

Is Fergie using reverse psychology?

Several reports in today's media are suggesting that Manchester United are considering pulling out of any deal to take Berbatov to Old Trafford.

Call me cynical but quite frankly I don't believe a word of it!! maybe I am wrong, but I think this is a case of Fergie using reverse psychology, in an attempt to panic Daniel Levy into doing a deal, as the options for the sale of the greatest living Bulgarian disappear.

Suggested alternative names for United to court are plenty, Huntelaar, Eto, Santa Cruz, Benzema and even Spurs 'Target' David Villa, so they wouldn't be short of options should they decide to pull out. All are possibly easier captures than Berbatov as Spurs seem determined NOT to sell to United at any cost..

What would the ramifications be, If United did pull out? Would there be a late bid from the likes of Barcelona who seem to be the only other club to publicly express any genuine interest or could we expect late bids from teams slightly lower in the food chain, like Fiorentina, Roma or Athletico Madrid. All have the lure of Champions league football, have the financial muscle to do a deal and are clubs that would give Berba what he wants and allow him and Tottenham to keep face.

The other blindingly obvious alternative is that Berba stays a Spurs player. would this really be unthinkable for all concerned? If Senor Ramos manages to bring in a 'Box Office' replacement for Robbie keane ala, David Villa or similar alongside players like Modric, Bentley (maybe), Dos Santos and a quality central defender like Diaz, would this make Berba feel that the club could actually match his ambitions and break into a smile?

Sorry I am expecting far to much with the smile bit.........
 
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