Should Dimitar Berbatov Leave Manchester United, All Parties Would Benefit

Ryan RodgersContributor IAugust 9, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United reacts during the FA Community Shield match sponsored by McDonald's between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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It's not easy to say this, but I think Dimitar Berbatov has given all he can to Manchester United.  He deserves to be playing on the field in Paris as opposed to riding the pine in Manchester.

When we first caught wind that Berbatov might be leaving, people crawled out and came to his defense.

Berbatov had the biggest showing of support during his three years at United.  However, I feel it is too little too late.

The odds have never really been in Berbatov's favor.  In the case of Berbatov, he has and always will be the piece of the puzzle that Sir Alex could never fit.

He arrived into a lineup with Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Carlos Tevez.  Berbatov saw very little time but was used as an substitute occasionally.

Tevez and Ronaldo moved on, but Berbatov stuck around.  He improved greatly with the departure of Ronaldo and Tevez but still failed to secure a spot in Fergie's team.  The combination of not finding a spot in Sir Alex's team as well as not featuring in the big games has had a negative affect on Berbatov.

Berbatov's confidence has significantly dipped, and he has failed to garner the same fan admiration that Rooney receives. 

Had it been Rooney who scored a hat trick against Liverpool, he would be regarded as even more of a fan favorite than he already is.  Yet Berbatov still has found it hard to receive the same appreciation.  Only now with the possibility of him leaving have people begun to come out in waves to support him.  Unfortunately, I feel it is too late.

A move to PSG makes a lot of sense.  They are a club short on success but loaded with money.  He would be allowed to express himself and would be the main star attacker on the team.

£15-20 million for a player over 30 is a lot of money.  His value is only going to diminish, and United would be able to cash in on him now. 

United have great youth in their ranks, and the departure of Berbatov would allow these players to develop even more.  In a lineup that has an assortment of attackers, Danny Welbeck, Frederico Macheda, Javier Hernandez and Mame Biram Diouf would all be allowed to receive even more playing time if there is one less forward in the pecking order. 

With Michael Owen unlikely to be leaving and Wayne Rooney certainly not leaving, Dimitar Berbatov seems the only logical make way for United's new crop of world beaters.

The truth is Berbatov has never really fit in United's system, and should the opportunity for United to cash in on Berbatov arrive, it would benefit United as well.

On the flip side, Berbatov has the ability to raise people off of their seats and make the impossible seem like a walk in the park.   The truth is, when Berbatov has the ball at his feet, that feeling of unpredictability, swagger, and touch of magic always seems possible.  That same feeling that Ronaldo and Cantona evoked in us.

Berbatov has often been the spark that goes unnoticed.  Should Berbatov depart, United will struggle to cope with the loss of that creative spark that moves them into a better position than they previously were in.  It's his slight flick that frees up space or his ability to hold the ball in such a composed manner that allows his teammates to advance.

His languid style of not pressuring the back line and slight jogging to close down the midfield does not fit in with the modern high pressure and energetic movement that forwards are expected to complete.  Instead of Berbatov, United have deployed Rooney in the role that Berbatov could have excelled in.  Yet, Berbatov has more creativity in his pinkie than Rooney has in his entire body and is far more reliable with the ball at his feet than Rooney.

Berbatov is in a somewhat similar situation as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in at Barcelona.  A case of a very talented player who just did not fit into the teams system. 

A move to Milan has seen Ibra rediscover some of his best form, and he is still regarded as one of the world's top attackers.  Couldn't the same career move work in favor of Berbatov?

This should not be seen as an attack on the player in calling for Berbatov to leave.  The addition of Berbatov to Manchester United has never seen him reproduce his scintillating form he produced for Tottenham.  The match has never really worked out, even though Sir Alex at times has tried in his best attempt to make his £30.75 million purchase seem justifiable, often times seeming rather stubborn to make his pricey acquisition work.  In all reality, Berbatov has never really come close to justifying the price tag.

The fact is, if Berbatov wants to continue to play football, he is going to have to look elsewhere.

If Berbatov wants to function in a role that showcases his brilliance, as opposed to a system that does not appreciate it, he should leave.

Berbatov is still one of the most entertaining and gifted players, but if he wants the recognition he deserves, he has to consider his future.

I have always been a fan of Berbatov.  He is too good of a player to sit on the bench, and he deserves to be gracing the football pitch.  I want the best for Berbatov and Manchester United. 

A move to PSG or any other club, for that matter, willing to sign him will allow Berbatov to regain his form and confidence and allow him finish his career while he still has another three or four quality years ahead of him.

A move would allow people to remember Berbatov for the footballing genius he is, not the puzzle piece that never fit at Manchester United.


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