Manchester United Sign Berbatov, Sir Alex is a True Genius

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2008

After the drawn out transfer saga between Manchester United and Tottenham over Dimitar Berbatov, the Red Devils have finally got their man. Just minutes before the end of the transfer window, Manchester United announced that Berbatov is finally headed to Old Trafford.

The Bulgarian has signed a four-year contract with the English and European champions, in a deal which will see Tottenham receive £30.75 million, and the services of striker Fraizer Campbell on a year-long loan.

Hours before the deal was officially set in stone, I heard rumors United were going to offer Spurs £25 million and Campbell for Berbatov. The news deeply bothered me, mainly because of my hope and admiration for the England youngster who has finally risen through the ranks at Old Trafford.

After all, 27 days ago I wrote "Fraizer Campbell Is a Talent—Manchester United Don’t Need to Buy a Striker". In this article I gave my reasons for why I thought Sir Alex Ferguson shouldn’t attempt to buy Dimitar Berbatov.

But then the season started and I could tell something was missing in United’s play. No, it wasn’t Ronaldo, it was Berbatov.

United were seriously lacking someone to put the ball in the back of the net.

I even started questioning United’s title credentials. I felt if they didn’t sign a striker, preferably Berbatov, they would not be able to defend their Premier League crown, especially with the departure of Louis Saha to Everton.

So what has Sir Alex Ferguson done? He’s finally brought Berbatov to Old Trafford and in the proccess has managed to keep Fraizer Campbell at Old Trafford. What a genius!

If United had signed Berbatov but sold Campbell in the process, I would be happy to see a clinical and proven striker coming to Old Trafford, but I would also be greatly disappointed to see another talented youngster walk through the exit door.

I couldn’t possibly be any happier with the capture of Berbatov. United’s pursuit for trophies is well and truly on now!

Oh, and a big welcome to United’s new No. 9!