Fergie full of praise for Berbatov

Fergie full of praise for Berbatov

Published Jul. 18, 2010 5:41 a.m. ET

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given his full backing to Dimitar Berbatov following his display in the friendly win over Celtic.

Berbatov was named man of the match in the 3-1 victory against Celtic at Toronto's Rogers Centre after opening the scoring and then setting up goals for substitutes Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.

It was an impressive display by Berbatov, who has 26 goals from 86 appearances to his credit since arriving from Tottenham in summer 2008.

Ferguson said: "Berbatov got man of the match and I think he deserved that, no question. His performance was excellent.


"In the second half he produced some fantastic moments. It underlines the one great factor - the class he has. You cannot take that away from him, no matter the criticism.

"It doesn't come from our camp. When we see a performance like that we know we have the right player."

Berbatov was partnered at the start by Mame Biram Diouf while, as well as Welbeck, Federico Macheda was given a run-out up front.

Ferguson knows he is spoiled for choice in that area especially with Javier Hernandez also on board, Michael Owen on course to return from injury at the start of the season and Wayne Rooney on a post-World Cup holiday.

"We are happy with the strikers we have got," added the Scot. "You have to decide what is the best combination.

"Berbatov and Diouf in the first half did very well.

"Diouf has got different talents to Macheda and Welbeck. He penetrates, he is quick and aggressive. He is an interesting player and it suited Berbatov."

Ferguson called up a number of players, who are either in or around the first team like the Da Silva twins, Rafael and Fabio, Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan and Ritchie De Laet.

The veteran boss believes the future is bright.

He said: "We have strong belief in their abilities. We are good at bringing young players through, some we sign, some come through the academy. I was pleased with most of them against Celtic.

"We changed the back four it was a little bit rocky. We got over it, we got through it.

"I think we have really good talent in the striking department with Macheda, Welbeck and Diouf. Hernandez is also joining us so that is a good area and a good future for us."