Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov is feeling the weight of expectation under the burden of a £30 million transfer fee according to the Bulgarian striker. Berbatov, who has scored 18 goals in 60 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, joined the Reds from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day August 2008.
But the former Bayern Leverkusen and CSKA Sofia player, roundly criticised in the media for perceived lacklustre performances, has clearly been affected by the spotlight focused on him since his arrival at Old Trafford 18 months ago.
“Every person is different in coping with the pressure of the price tag,” said Berbatov.
“Every person thinks differently. For me, sometimes it is difficult because people expect so much of me.
“The fans have probably seen glimpses of my best goals, passes and games. I know you need to show that all the time and that’s my main goal – in every game to show my best game. But that’s the way it should be because the people here have paid so much money for you.
“I try to give my best for the team to win things. I think I did that in my first season. We won the championship and I think everybody was happy about that.
“I’m happy. I love it here. The club are bigger than you think. United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and you are playing with some of the best players in the world.”
“The manager is so many years in charge of this great club that of course you are going to learn things. If you want to develop, this is the place to be. He is the type of manager who always protects his players.”