Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fergie admits sympathy for Berbatov plight

Mark Ogden

Alex Ferguson says he would "understand" if Dimitar Berbatov asked to leave Manchester United after conceding that the emergence of Javier Hernandez has cost the Bulgarian his first-team place at Old Trafford.

Berbatov, who remains United's record signing following his £30.75m arrival from Tottenham in September 2008, is out of contract at the end of next season and likely to be facing a campaign as third-choice forward behind Hernandez and Wayne Rooney.

The United manager admits he could have no complaints if Berbatov (30) chose to seek a move elsewhere. "Yes, I'd understand that," Ferguson said.

"But he has been brilliant. His training has been terrific and he's a good type of person. He'll be OK."

Hernandez is due to link up with the United squad on their tour of the United States when Ferguson's players arrive in New York on Sunday with Berbatov due to face Seattle Sounders in a 66,000 sell-out at Century Link Field tonight.

Summer signings Phil Jones and David de Gea are expected to make their United debuts against the Sounders. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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