I think Manchester United have made a serious error of judgement in allowing Dimitar Berbatov to leave. With Rooney injured and out for at least weeks, this leaves us three proven strikers (not counting Ashley Young) - Van Persie, Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. An injury to one of these, and we could be in trouble.
And for me, it's a sad day allowing Berbatov to leave in such a disgraceful way, with Sir Alex telling the press on Friday morning that he didn't know what was going on. Looking back at the whole Berbatov saga, I think it's been handled very shabbily, especially when you consider that Berba is Manchester United's most expensive signing to date.
To be coerced in the first place by Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy into paying an over-the-odds £30.75m is one thing, but letting a player who shared the Golden Boot a couple of seasons back (and who delivered for us even when given limited Prem time on the pitch) for £4m is a joke. Fulham manager Martin Jol, who brought Berbatov to England in the first place at Spurs, must be laughing all the way to the bank.
OK, Berbatov had a poor goal scoring record in Europe, and Fergie clearly didn't believe he could produce in big games, but then why didn't Manchester United sell him during the summer of 2011 - when we surely would have bagged a much bigger fee. It just didn't make sense leaving him in the wilderness practically the whole of last season.
Berbatov is a class act, and deserved better from our club. I will never forget what he said when he signed for us: 'I wanted to play at the biggest club in the world....The finances and wages that Manchester City were offering were higher, (but) that does not interest me'. And never once did he play mind games with the club, or bad mouth us. Expect him to get a great reception when he returns to Old Trafford with Fulham early next year. Good luck Berba - you deserve it.
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