Berba hails ‘inspirational’ SAF

The Bulgarian, signed from Tottenham in a £30million deal

three years ago, has made just one start in the Premier League this

season. The 30-year-old is now in the final year of his contract –

although United have a unilateral option to extend by further year

– and has recently been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and

Galatasaray, but the situation has not affected his relationship

with Ferguson. Berbatov told MUTV: “The way he treats players is

unbelievable. “Even when not playing or you’re injured, he’s still

speaking with you and encouraging. “He makes you feel special and

lets you know your place in the team.” Berbatov feels it is up to

him to impress in training and win his place back in the side. He

finds playing for Ferguson inspirational. He said: “Some players

need to be pushed and others need to be talked to separately. “For

me, he just needs to come to me and tell me what to expect from the

game and the training ground, then it is up to me to show I can

play every game. “I cannot speak for other players, but it is

always good when the manager comes to ask how you’re feeling and

makes you feel calm before you play the game. “For me, he knows how

to motivate you and how to speak with you, about football or some

issues you have outside of football. “Just in the way he speaks

with you in the team-talk – before important games he can make you

feel like it’s the last game you’ll play in your life, so you go

out there and want to give everything you have. “It’s great – you

just need to be there to see it.” He added: “Even when we’re on the

training ground or go to lunch, for example, it’s like he is one of

the team – joking around and telling stories, asking quiz

questions. “He really likes the quiz questions and it’s good

because he relates with the players and he’s really good like

that.” Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge at Old Trafford last

weekend and Berbatov has been impressed by the way the Scot has

continually renewed his side. Berbatov said: “Every time a players

retires or goes to another club, he always a back-up plan on how to

replace the player and build the team again.”