FedExField

Next Game

Man Utd v Inter

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 00:00

Friendly Match

Olimpico

Last Game

Roma 2 - 3 Man Utd

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 21:10

Friendly Match

Ferguson: Berbatov no failure

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has praised former striker Dimitar Berbatov and insists his time at Old Trafford should not be regarded as a failure.

Last Updated: 26/01/13 at 16:40 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United boss has paid tribute to Dimitar Berbatov

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United boss has paid tribute to Dimitar Berbatov

Berbatov enjoyed a four-year spell under Ferguson at United, and will return in the FA Cup fourth round clash on Saturday for the first time since his summer switch to Fulham.

While debate surrounds the merits of the £30million signing, Ferguson admits the Bulgarian was edged out by Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, but insists his move to United was not an error.

"I don't think Dimitar was a failure here," said Ferguson.

"Some people like to see players run through brick walls all the time.

"Dimitar is not that type of player, but he is very talented player and he had a decent goalscoring record here."

Ferguson added: "The problem for him here was the way we wanted to play and the selections I had to make.

"When you have choices you hope to make the right one. Javier Hernandez had a fantastic first season with us and as time went on he became a more regular player than Dimitar."

When asked about the discussion surrounding David de Gea's weak punch in the build-up to Tottenham's late equaliser last Sunday, Ferguson refused to comment.

"I'm not getting into that at all," he said. "You have to listen to some idiots in the game."

And speaking on the Football Association's request for his observations which followed the White Hart Lane clash when he criticised the match officials, the Scotsman added: "I have put my letter in, we will see what happens."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester United's Juan Mata backs Louis van Gaal's winning mentality

Juan Mata has hailed Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Manchester United.

Transfer news: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger prepared to take gamble on Calum Chambers

Arsene Wenger admits signing Calum Chambers from Southampton is somewhat of a gamble, but one he believes will pay off.

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Mail Box

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property