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Dimitar Berbatov on Sir Alex Ferguson: 'He Has Lost My Respect'

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United walks off with the match ball after scoring a hat trick at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on December 26, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Ryan DayCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2012

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has never been one to shy away from saying what's on his mind.

That's why it's no surprise when he told English media that he no longer respects Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson after a difficult last year at Old Trafford.

According to Goal.com, Berbatov didn't mince words:

I don't think I deserved such treatment at United—not playing in the last year. I went more than 10, probably 15, times to ask the coach if they need me. And every time I was told that I'm an important player and should not leave, but then again I was not in the team. Maybe I should've gone when he [Ferguson] left me out of the squad for the Champions League final. I know he's the boss, but he has lost, to some extent, my respect because of the way he treated me.

Berbatov came to Manchester United after an impressive two-year spell with Tottenham Hotspur in which he scored 27 goals in just 70 appearances. The North London club couldn't afford to pay what other clubs were willing to pay, so he was sold to the Red Devils in the summer of 2008.

In his first three seasons with the club, Berbatov was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 41 goals in just 96 league appearances—an average of one goal every 2.3 matches.

But he fell out of favor at Old Trafford last season, appearing in just 12 league matches. He scored seven times, but his divisiveness made him an easy mark for coaches to strike off the starting roster.

I found it hard to accept his decision—I still have my dignity. I scored many goals, I won the league two times, and I was the league top scorer, so it's not bad. I'll have no problems playing against United as this already happened in my career. But there's no point to look back again. I said goodbye to the people, who deserve it. I couldn't say goodbye to Ferguson.

Berbatov was let go during the summer transfer window and signed a two-year contract with Fulham last week.

Berbatov comes to Craven Cottage with a total of 518 club appearances and 237 goals.

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