Berbatov: World of Difference

Adi-Oula Sebastian@JubeiKibagameCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Wayne Rooney (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on October 3, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Since I have angered a lot of people with my article "Berbatov: A Waste of Money?" a lot of people took offense. Well I always thought that everyone is entitled to his own opinion. I guess I was wrong.

But Buddy, this one is for you.

@peter Let me break it down for you slowly. Because I fear you don't even understand your own theory and resort to insults at any given time.

You really must have a big chip on your shoulder, otherwise I can't explain why you have to attack my character personally. But here we go (very slow so you can catch up).

You say that Berbatov is rarely scoring more than 15 goals a season. Okay.

You also say that he makes up for it in other contributions like assists and dragging the defenders wide. Okay.

But you say that his contributions can't be measured. Wrong.

He was virtually the only real change in Manchester United's team prior to the 2008/2009 season. The squad that won both the 2006/2007; 2007/2008 is unchanged.

Now here are the numbers:

83 goals - 2006/2007

80 goals - 2007/2008

You say Manchester United have a weak midfield and could benefit from the services from the likes of Xavi or Pirlo. How the hell did that "weak" midfield contribute to 163 goals in two seasons? Again, that midfield hasn't changed much since.

Now here are the numbers for the 2008/2009 season with Berbatov in the squad.

68 goals - 2008/2009

Either something must've really gone wrong or your theory is flawed.

If Berbatov does what you say he does, the other players around him should score more, right? Remember that is the same squad that shot 83 and 80 goals in the two seasons prior to 2008/2009.

Now unless dragging defenders with no end result is considered a contribution YOU ARE WRONG AND MY ORIGINAL STATEMENT IS RIGHT.

I am not talking about his personal goal count or assists but his (according to you) overall contribution to the team. Funny isn't it? They have scored more without him than with him.

Please provide a working theory of yours and not some mumbo jumbo based on feelings. If Berbatov contributes as much as you say he does - it should show up somewhere right?

Vidic defends so therefore the team concedes less goals. Your theory basically says - his contribution can't be measured exactly - Sure as hell it can I just proved it to you.


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