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Dimitar Berbatov has years of experience winning titles at Manchester United, and we have seen this season just how valuable experience truly is.
United started the season with a fairly inexperienced squad, having lost Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Gary Neville from the previous season. It is exciting to see the energy the youth brought to the squad, but they lacked the correct mentality, and the experience of veteran players could only be beneficial.
Scholes returned and the squad showed vast signs of improvement. Much of that has to do with his skill, but some of it is also the experience he brings to the dressing room and the knowledge he can impart on the younger players.
Berbatov, now into his 30s, should be looked to as one of the elder players for the youngsters to learn from. While Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are both ahead of him in the pecking order, he still offers a great deal of experience that could advance their development. He is a truly gifted player and has much to teach.
As previously mentioned, his class and attitude would also be beneficial to the squad, passing it down to young players. There has been a shift recently with young players developing inflated egos, many growing frustrated with limited opportunities when they believe they are good enough.
These kids could learn a lot from a player like Berbatov who doesn't cause a fuss when he doesn't play, but rather gets stuck in during training and tries to actually earn his spot.
Berbatov has been involved in some of United's big triumphs in modern history, and passing down his experience as a winner could prove to be an invaluable influence on the younger members of the squad.