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Robin van Persie's Old Trafford arrival has pretty much sealed Dimitar Berbatov's fate.
Even after Wayne Rooney's gruesome injury in Manchester United's 3-2 weekend win over Fulham, the Bulgarian is unlikely to overcome Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez for playing time.
Rooney could be out for up to eight weeks (via The Daily Mail), but the chance to make an impact is too little too late for the Premier League's top goalscorer in 2010-11.
Sir Alex Ferguson selected one striker in United's win over Fulham and is likely to favour this formation moving forward. Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie played excellently together, so Fergie is unlikely to change things too drastically.
A number of clubs are interested in Berbatov. Sunderland are currently the forerunners for his signature, as Martin O'Neill is thought to be the only Premier League manager interested in meeting United's £5 million evaluation of the striker (via The Daily Mirror).
The 31-year-old would provide the Black Cats with a renowned finishing touch, especially with the newly-acquired Adam Johnson and James McClean on the wings.
Further afield, Berbatov could join Nicklas Bendtner in a complete shake-up at Fiorentina (via Metro).