Dimitar Berbatov says Alex Ferguson still makes him feel “special” despite his limited opportunities in the Manchester United team.
Berbatov has found himself down the pecking order at Old Trafford this term despite topping the Premier League scoring charts last season, but he continues to dismiss talk of him wanting to leave the club and has instead praised Ferguson for his inspirational management style.
“The way he treats players is unbelievable” says Berbatov. “Even when you’re 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. 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.”
Berbatov insists he has no problem with the selection policy of Ferguson and says it is down to him to impress his boss in training.
“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.”