Dimitar Berbatov: A Manchester United Necessity for Everyone's Sake

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2008

The end of the transfer market is nearing closer with every ticking second and Manchester United are yet to come to an agreement with Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov.

Sir Alex Ferguson has openly expressed his interest in the player and is reported to have already tabled a bid of around £20 million, which Tottenham rejected.

Manchester United have only scored twice in its opening two games of the season, with both goals coming from an unlikely source, Darren Fletcher. United have only been able to find the net twice in the last 360 minutes of play (including preseason) and are lacking the cutting edge up front which is a trademark of the European champions.

Sir Alex is keen to bolster his squad by adding a striker to his ranks and has been eager to bring Berbatov to Old Trafford. The Bulgarian would be a great addition to Ferguson’s side. However, Tottenham are refusing to sell for less than £30 million, a fee Manchester United are indifferent in agreeing to.

If Tottenham don’t sell Berbatov before the end of the transfer market, everybody involved in this whole ordeal won’t be gaining anything. There are no winners if things stay the way they are.

Tottenham are clearly unhappy with Berbatov’s attitude and appear happy to let the former Bayer Leverkusen striker rot in the reserves. Tottenham will gain absolutely nothing if they do this, and neither will Berbatov. A player of his caliber will learn and achieve absolutely nothing from training with the reserves and playing for Tottenham’s second string.

‘Let him rot in the reserves’ seems to be the popular plea around White Hart Lane, but if you think about it, it really isn’t a very sensible thing to do. Berbatov is obviously affecting the team’s chemistry and, whether he plays or not, will continue to affect the team’s morale if he is still lurking in the background at Tottenham.

After capturing Roman Pavlyuchenko from Zenit St. Petersburg, Tottenham’s need for Berbatov will decrease even more. It would also be pointless for a club to keep a player in the reserves when instead they could be gaining over £20 million for him.

Manchester United will also wind up on the losing end of the deal if they aren’t able to meet Spurs’ asking price of £30 million. It may be a hefty cost to pay for a player, but not signing Berbatov could prove even more costly for Manchester United. An abundance of talent is clearly visible in United’s ranks, but they still lack a potent finisher, especially with the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha.

Wayne Rooney is more than capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, and more often than not, talented enough to produce something magical to turn the match in his team’s favor. His strike partner, Carlos Tevez, also has a knack for goal and is a major threat at the pinnacle of United’s attack.

Both Rooney and Tevez often drop deep to receive the ball from midfield and both players possess a similar style of play. The acquisition of Berbatov would add an entire new dimension to an already lethal attacking force, and, quite possibly, make the difference between a disappointing season and a trophy-laden season.

With less than four days left until the close of the transfer market, time is quickly running out for Manchester United, as well as Dimitar Berbatov. The English Champions face a tricky fixture list this season, with trips to Monaco and as far as Tokyo both scheduled before the turn of the year. United’s European success means they will be taking part in the UEFA Super Cup this Friday against Zenit St. Petersburg and will also be challenging for the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

Another attacking option would do United no harm, especially when it’s a player as talented and established as Berbatov. The Tottenham ace has scored 23 goals in his first season in England and matched that tally during last year’s campaign.

Manchester United could sure use 23 goals per season and with that amount of goals being guaranteed, Rooney and Tevez would have a lot of pressure lifted off their shoulders. If things remain the way they are, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Dimitar Berbatov will all regret not being able to come to an agreement.