As the squad has landed ready for the pre- season tour of the US, my mind is totally over the World Cup (to be honest it was weeks ago, and not just because England crashed out) and back onto more important matters – Manchester United. There is much speculation among fans that due to the Glazer debt we cannot afford to do any transfer business for the new season. Sir Alex has come out and said there is no need for any business to be done and has reiterated that we have a good youth set-up coming through.
We know that Van Der Sar, Scholes, Giggs and Neville cannot go on forever no matter how much we wish it wasn’t true. We would all like to see plans being put in place now so that there is not a great hole left in the team, but that doesn’t look like it will be happening anytime soon.
This then leads me to the title of this post “The Trouble With Berbatov”. If Berbatov starts the season with how the last ended then it’s much cause for concern. Many fans have already lost their faith in the player, and I admit I am one of them. I don’t like feeling this way; I don’t want to ever moan about a Manchester United player. It is just Berbatov tests this patience. To the hilt.
The last player I openly criticised through other writings and through twitter was Nani. I was proved wrong, look at him now and I WANT to be proved wrong again! As fans we don’t want to turn against one of our own, it’s not right but we know we strive for the best. We lost the title last season by 1 point, that’s how close it was. Other clubs haven’t exactly been delving into the transfer market much, but we all have been keeping a close eye on what happens on the other side of Manchester, the blue side. I admit I’m nervous.
If we don’t get any new players then I can see Berbatov becoming the fall guy. We all saw a lacklustre and unhappy Rooney at the World Cup and we hope he’s back to his normal attacking self when he puts on the United shirt again. Then there is Macheda and Welbeck who are both capable of scoring goals but still lack the match experience that we know would help them. We have all marvelled at Hernandez through the World Cup but there is speculation that he might be heading out on loan. The pressure on him to perform is of course high, we need to remind ourselves to give him time. Then of course there is Michael Owen, I still have faith in him and believe that this new season will be judgement year on his career. Our midfield can also provide goals but we don’t want to rely on them or “own goal” from last season. Then of course we are back to Berbatov, his judgement might not last the season.
If he performs badly pre-season? Opening game against Newcastle? How much time before we are here again questioning whether Berbatov is right to be in the team? In May he retired from international football with Bulgaria so that he could concentrate on United. So no excuses if he fails for United then?
Sir Alex has confirmed today that it is doubtful that we will start the season with all of our World Cup stars playing at the start of the season; only one or two will start. Rooney is not due to start training until the end of the month so he would be a major doubt obviously for the start. Hopefully by then Berbatov will have had a great pre-season tour of the US and we can ignore the fact I’ve even questioned his ability.
I hope that this time next year I will be able to write about Berbatov’s best season for us, and marvel at the goals he’s scored and how well he has fitted into the team.
So next year when we can marvel at Berbatov I’ll
run naked through the streets of Manchester make a big cake in celebration!
Written by Sarah.
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