Found December 30, 2011 on The United Religion:


A lot of people have had a great misconception that Javier Hernandez displaced Dimitar Berbatov in the Manchester United starting XI, but that couldn't be further from the truth because he isn't the player that forced him out.

Roo and Berba don't play well togetherWayne Rooney is the player that pushed Berba to the bench because, for whatever reason, the two players simply cannot play together - and there's only room for one of them.

If anyone thinks anything otherwise, all they have to do is look what happened when Rooney's head wasn't right and who was picking up the slack for the Reds - Berbatov.

The United No. 9 single-handedly carried the goal scoring burden on his own, and that helped produce his best-ever season at Old Trafford. Many people often forget that Berbatov has done something Wayne Rooney has never done - win the Premier League's Golden Boot. His timely contributions last season have been long-forgotten, because of how Rooney scored some vital goals down the stretch, but it's a shame that they cannot play off each other, because the club would certainly benefit the most by that.

People say that Berbatov is fourth-choice at United, which is true to an extent, but he's really only behind Rooney, because other two aren't his style. Over the last season and a half, Bulgarian has scored 24 goals in the Premier League, the same as Rooney and five more than Hernandez. However, it took Rooney 45 games (0.53 goals-to-game average) and Hernandez 42 (0.45 goals-to-game average) to notch those goals, while it has only taken Berba 39 (0.62 goals-to-game average). Welbeck isn't factored in because he wasn't at United last season - and his goals-to-game ratio from that same time period isn't very good, a 0.25 average.

How many other players in the history of United could score a hat-trick against their fiercest rivals - and it be lost among everything that happens on the way to the club overtaking Liverpool's league title total? Only Dimitar Berbatov.

Why? Because Berba and Rooney like to play in the same position - a withdrawn, deeper role. They are both architects of the attack, but they don't really work well with others. Many people have said that both Hernandez and Welbeck can play with Berbatov, but nobody ever associates him and Wazza. There's no chance of Berbatov making a dead sprint run in behind the defense, which is the pass that both Welbeck and Hernandez can do with ease.

Let's face it, Sir Alex Ferguson isn't going to bench Rooney - no manager in their right mind would - but, remember, that comes at a cost, a £30m one to be exact. The fans who constantly say that this player or that player isn't "United Class," have to understand that Berbatov is one of the best skilled players in the world at his position. Most call him lazy, but he's anything but. He's controlled and knows his strengths and weakness, which running like a chicken with its head cut off is the latter.

With only six months remaining on his current contract, Dimitar Berbatov would be a huge loss if he were to leave Manchester United - and, again, it's shame that him and Wayne Rooney couldn't strike up a partnership, because the club would be better off if they did.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Man United to offer contract extension to Berbatov

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says the club will offer Dimitar Berbatov a one-year contract extension, keeping the Bulgarian striker at the English champions until the summer of 2013. Ferguson says the offer to prolong Berbatov's stay at Old Trafford will be made in March, the earliest date that his contract can be renewed. The 30-year-old striker joined United from...

Agent: Manchester United Must Decide Dimitar Berbatov's Future By Jan. 1

Dimitar Berbatov's immediate future is in the hands of Manchester United. It must excercise the 2012-13 option his contract by Jan. 1, or he can leave on a free transfer at the end of this season, according to the Daily Mirror. "Leverkusen have it on their minds to get Berbatov," Berbatov's agent Ivan Dobrinov told German newspaper Bild. "There is contact,...

VIDEO: Berbatov's Two Goals Against Blackburn Rovers

Manchester United ended 2011 with a depressing 3-2 loss, but, personally, Dimitar Berbatov ended the year with two more goals - taking his total to six in the last three games.

Leverkusen rule out Berbatov return

Bayer Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser has labelled reports linking Dimitar Berbatov with a return to the BayArena as ‘pure speculation’....

Blackburn stuns Man United 3-2 in Premier League

Blackburn pulled off the biggest surprise of the Premier League season so far by stunning Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to ruin Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday. United had erased a 2-0 deficit through two second-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov, but Grant Hanley took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea to score the winner from a corner in the 80th...

Rovers ruin Fergie's birthday

Yakubu netted either side of the interval to put the Premier League's bottom club into a surprise two-goal lead at Old Trafford before United hit back through Dimitar Berbatov. There seemed to be only one conclusion after the Bulgarian had scored twice to take his tally to five over the Christmas period. But despite piling on the pressure, it was United who were undone as David...

Dimitar Berbatov insists Manchester United ‘need me’ after being offered one-year contract extension (Goal.com)

The 30-year-old has featured mostly from the bench this season, although he has bagged six goals in his last three games, and will remain at Old Trafford as long as he is required

Blackburn stuns United

Predicting results and outcomes of games is dangerous business. Sure the intrigue, the speculation, the want to assemble data and come up with the right prediction is something that sports fans thrive on, but find me someone other than a player in the Blackburn Rovers locker room that thought a result was even possible let alone a winning one! Blackburn shocked Man U today 3-2...

Top 5 Important Goals of 2011

1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) vs Manchester City – February 2011 Rooney’s tie-breaking goal against his team’s crosstown rival may well be the highlight of his career. The acrobatic bicycle kick goal in the second half of the match led Man United to win with a score of 2-1. Rooney himself said, “That’s definitely my best goal ever.” It wasn't just...

Blackburn stuns Man United 3-2 in Premier League<< (AP)

Blackburn pulled off the biggest surprise of the Premier League season so far by stunning Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to ruin Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday. United had erased a 2-0 deficit through two second-half goals by Dimitar Berbatov, but Grant Hanley took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper David de Gea to score the winner from a corner in the 80th minute.
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.