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Berbatov gunning for Golden Boot but title the top priority

Dimitar Berbatov is keen to secure the Premier League's Golden Boot this season -- if only because it will give Manchester United a better chance of reclaiming their title.

Although United have won 11 championships since the new league was formed in 1992, they can only boast three top scorers.

Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo all claimed the accolade, and now Berbatov is aiming to join them.

The Bulgarian has 14 goals this season -- the same number as Manchester City's Carlos Tevez -- and he admits that remaining top of the pile is a personal target.

"I hope I can stay on the top until the end of the season," he said. "Obviously the goals I score help the team to win points, which is the most important thing.

"For now everything is going according to plan, but there are other players doing well, and not just Carlos Tevez.

"It is a good competition but when you are at the top, you always look back to see who is coming behind you."

Amazingly, Wayne Rooney can do no better than sixth in United's own list of Premier League scorers in the campaign.

Those in front of Rooney include new arrival Javier Hernandez, who has scored six times in league combat, one of the reasons why the Mexican has earned so many rave reviews since his arrival from Guadalajara. Berbatov is happy to join in the praise of his new team-mate.

"Every time when he goes onto the pitch, the only thing in Javier's mind is to score goals," said the Bulgarian hitman.

"He is trouble for defenders. Everybody knows he is very quick. If you give him space and time he is very dangerous.

"He has done really well and the future is ahead of him because he is still young.

"I have seen the way he works in practice, and after that in the gym. If he keeps going like that he has a great future."

Irish Independent