Fergie hails ‘fantastic’ Berbatov

United’s record signing ended a 10-game run without a goal by

becoming only the fourth player in Premier League history to score

five in a game. The record haul helped United to a 7-1 home win

over Blackburn, which swept them to the top of the table for the

first time this season. And for Berbatov, it provided the perfect

confidence boost after he did not even make the squad for last

weekend’s triumph over Wigan. “It was a fantastic achievement,”

said Ferguson. “He could have scored six too because Paul Robinson

made a fantastic save near the end. “When strikers are not scoring

they don’t think they are doing their job right. That has always

been the case. Today it came back.” Berbatov follows former United

striker Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermain Defoe as men who have

netted five in a game since the new league was formed in 1992.

Berbatov was stunned that he had earned a place in the record

books. “I can’t believe it. I scored five in a game but it

happened,” he said. “I have scored that many before but it was a

long time ago back home in Bulgaria. “Today I did it in the Premier

League. To stand next to people like Cole and Shearer is a great

honour.” It took Berbatov just 71 seconds to open his account,

adding another before the break and then scoring three more times

after the restart. “The first goal was the most important,” he

added. “It gives you the confidence to play. “As a striker, people

do tend only to look at the goals you score. “I am more concerned

with how I play but today was all about goals for me.”