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Berbatov: Ferguson commanded respect

first_imgManchester United ‘When he walked into the room, people would stop talking’ – Berbatov on the Ferguson effect Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 22:31 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Sir Alex Ferguson Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Bulgaria international striker spent four years at Old Trafford under the Scot and says that the impact he had was incredible Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has spoken on the aura that Sir Alex Ferguson had around Old Trafford.The Scot took charge of the Red Devils in 1986 and did not leave until he retired in 2013. During that time, he oversaw a period of unprecedented glory, leading the club to two Champions League titles as well as 13 Premier League crowns.United 6/5 to beat Spurs Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Berbatov, who is now 36, was made Ferguson’s record signing in 2008 when he arrived in a dramatic deadline day move from Tottenham for £30.75 million, and the former Bulgaria international striker has lavished praise on the managerial icon.“When he walked into the room, people would stop talking,” he told ESPN. “He commanded so much respect and attention because of all the success he’d had. He was good with words, probably from all the books he read. I’d go to his office and he’d have Napoleon’s biography on the table.”When he heard that Manchester United wanted him, it was his sole aim to move to Old Trafford, even admitting that he turned down more money from City, the club Ferguson branded “the noisy neighbours”, in favour of their rivals.Dimitar Berbatov Manchester United 2011“When United wanted me I was like a horse with blinkers on. I was not interested in anyone else. City offered more money but the team was weaker and their history couldn’t compete with United,” he said.Indeed, leaving Tottenham for United appeared to pose no problems for him at all.“When you follow your own path, you have to make decisions like this. I wanted to win trophies and play for the biggest club, and the biggest club in England is Manchester United,” he said. “You can stay here in your comfort zone or make the next step in your career. It was not a difficult decision; Manchester United were the English and European champions, they had the best players, they had Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford. How could I not be seduced? “When I signed for United, I felt like it was a reward for everything that I’d been through in my life.”Berbatov played 149 games for United and scored 56 goals before moving to Fulham.last_img read more

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