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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 12, 2008

United star Giggs backing new signing Berbatov

Ryan Giggs is convinced Dimitar Berbatov will be a big hit at Manchester United.

The Red Devils were only able to confirm Berbatov's £30million arrival from Spurs at 12.40am on September 2 after a frantic day of negotiations which included intense interest from cash-rich Manchester City at one stage.

Berbatov was immediately whisked away to begin international duty with Bulgaria and will not be formally introduced as a United player until later today, ahead of a debut in tomorrow's lunchtime clash with Liverpool.

But Giggs has no doubt the 27-year-old will prove to be a very astute signing.

''Berbatov is a Manchester United-type player,'' said the former Wales skipper.

''He has that physique and stature because he is over six foot, so he offers something a little bit different to Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez. For a big man he has a superb touch.

''But he also has a big personality, the personality you need to be a success at Manchester United.''

Due to their European Super Cup commitment in Monaco, United have not played a league game since their win at Portsmouth on August 25.

With Chelsea to come next weekend and the start of their Champions League defence against Villarreal at Old Trafford in between, these are testing times for Sir Alex Ferguson and his squad.

At least he has managed to get Tevez back a little quicker following the Argentina forward's red card on World Cup duty against Paraguay on Saturday, which meant he returned to United's training base on Wednesday.

It offers Ferguson the option of handing Berbatov a place on the bench at Anfield, where Tevez scored the winner last season, although Giggs believes Rafael Benitez would be delighted with that.

''I am glad Dimitar is on the same side as me,'' said Giggs.

''I have seen his ability at first hand when he played against us for Tottenham.

''I am sure he will be an excellent signing.''

As usual, Ferguson will want to check on the fitness of his international stars, in particular Rio Ferdinand, who missed England's win over Andorra at the weekend with a back problem before being passed fit for the astounding win in Croatia.

The United boss will also hope to have Michael Carrick available after a recent ankle problem, although it seems unlikely Owen Hargreaves will be fit after the England star suffered a recurrence of a knee injury prior to the defeat by Zenit St Petersburg.

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