Why Ferguson is making a mistake buying Berbatov
Manager bites off more than he can chew…
Yes, the deal isn’t quite done yet, but Man United always get their man – Tevez, Hargreaves, Carrick, Rooney, Ferdinand, Kleberson… to name just six. In fact, Berbatov eventually packing up his smokes and venturing up north has never really been in doubt, and in a chilling moment of honesty, Sir Alex even admitted to watching the Bulgarian from afar for the last seven long years. This is a love affair that was always going to happen. It’s their destiny.
Yet, patient or not, Ferguson is making a big mistake. Berbatov is a brilliant player, that’s never been in doubt, but how could the red-nosed Scot possibly squeeze him into the first team without ruffling feathers and obliterating egos? Has greed finally got the better of him?
Already up front United have Rooney, Tevez and Saha battling it out for two spots, and should he stay, Cristiano Ronaldo will insist on being the only dreamy heart-throb at the club. Plus, of course, attacking players like Scholes, Giggs and Park Ji-Sung are still patiently plying their wares, albeit to a lessening degree. The real problem is that Ferguson has forever been searching for the next Cantona, even though he doesn’t really need one. Berbatov is as close to the Frenchman as we’ve seen on these shores.
The big difference, however, is that Cantona came along at a time when United was jam-packed with sturdy bruisers hoofing the ball around – his mercurial flair worked because he was granted permission to sprinkle his fairy dust and create good looking football. Something United are doing all by themselves now.
Could they seriously work with Rooney or Tevez banished to one of the flanks? And has Sir Alex finally been unmasked as a modern day version of the Great Gatsby, desperately trying to relive the past?
You need to let go, Ferguson, Cantona’s gone.