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Aug 12, 2008

Is Berbatov the right man for United?

Manchester United's seemingly relentless pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov looks like it might finally bear fruit; but it raises the question of whether the brooding Bulgarian is the right man for Old Trafford?

His skill and technical ability are certainly not under scrutiny but his temperament and attitude must be called into question following the way he has conducted himself since the transfer link with United came to light.

Reports from White Hart Lane suggest that the sulky striker has been less than one hundred percent committed during pre-season and was hauled off at half-time during Tottenham's 5-0 demolition of AS Roma at the weekend.

In an earlier warm-up match against Norwich City in July the striker reacted badly after being named as a substitute by manager Juande Ramos and didn't even bother to get changed out of his tracksuit.

The Bulgarian appears uninterested in remaining at Tottenham and has failed to score in pre-season, while Darren Bent, a peripheral figure last term but motivated by the chance of a place in the starting eleven this season, has scored 13 goals.

Berbatov has always had a languid and relaxed style on the football pitch but he appears to have reverted to the moping figure that prompted headlines such as 'JUAN HELL OF A SULK DIMI' and 'RAMOS POSER OVER BERBA THE SULK' when he sniffed the chance of a transfer to Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

The Spurs fans were not too pleased with his reaction then and have bombarded message boards with angry posts about the striker's apparent want-away attitude this time around.

A player who appears to spit out his dummy when things don't go his way is not the right type of character to enhance Manchester United's dogged, and ultimately successful, mentality.

What will happen if Berbatov has to sit on the bench for a run of games as Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo orchestrate the United attack?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who enjoyed a testimonal in front of a packed Old Trafford this summer, would not have become the United legend he is had he thrown a strop every time the 'super-sub' was named on the bench.

More recently Tevez has quickly become a crowd favourite because he has a never-say-die attitude to complement his quality as a footballer, the sulking type don't appear to have a place at Old Trafford.

Maybe Sir Alex Ferguson sees something of the brooding Eric Cantona in Berbatov but with Cristiano Ronaldo already making waves at Old Trafford with his on going love-in with Real Madrid, the arrival of another moody forward could do more harm than good.

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