(Bleacher Report) Dimitar Berbatov was tipped to possibly make a swift exit out of Manchester United after the 2010-11 English Premier League Golden Boot winner was omitted from not just the starting eleven for the UEFA Champions League Final, but from the Red Devils Squad for the match altogether.
The 30-year old was forced to watch as upstart Mexican striker Javier Hernandez took his place next to Wayne Rooney at the front of United’s attack against Barcelona. Sir Alex Ferguson clearly sees those two as the future front line of the Red Devils, but the Bulgarians League performance should have merited at least a spot on the bench at least.
With that apparent bust up in full swing the rumors mounted that the former Tottenham striker could indeed be sold back to Spurs. He only has a year remaining on his contract and United will most likely cash in on him in January if nothing comes in for the right amount this summer.
Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda wait in the shadows with the once prolific Michael Owen as other players that can play back up to Rooney and Hernandez, and their wage bills are lower.
His three season at United have seen him be a model on consistency as he has made more than 40 appearances each season totaling 128 with a goal tally of 47 in that time. His now former main strike partner Rooney has also been a model of consistency scoring 70 goals in 133 games during the same time frame making the two of them together being responsible for 117 goals in the last three seasons of United success.
Sir Alex has praised his player for his poise throughout the time that they were at odds, and has had nothing but kind words for his charge:
“What I have to say though is he (Berbatov) has been brilliant, first class,”
“His training has been terrific. Missing out on the final was not easy, but there were seven or eight players disappointed at not being involved in it.”
He also went on to speak about what his reaction would have been if the Bulgarian sought to leave the club after the Champions League Final:
“Yes, I’d understand that.
“But you could say that about them all. I don’t pick the same team every week, do I? I’ve only done that once in the last three years.
“Yes, players will be disappointed they are not playing some weeks. But at the end of the day, it will help [the team]. By the time we get to the end of May next season, we will have done well.”
Berbatov may still yet move on this summer, and if he does so it will be with the best wishes of his manager and fans after he has been of great service to the club for three seasons.