Despite the harsh criticism he has received since his early days in the United shirt, Berbatov’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday alone, justified each and every penny of the hefty price tag that Manchester United shelled out for him. The Merseyside Derby is the single most important game of the year for both sides; the fixture’s history is rich with entertaining encounters between two teams that feel nothing but hatred for one another.
Dimitar Berbatov’s performance against United’s eternal enemy was enough to etch his name into folklore. Between two bullet headers, he scored with a stunning overhead kick. His athleticism and finesse shone in a moment of brilliance as he controlled the ball on his knee before unleashing a spectacular overhead kick with Liverpool defenders swarming around him. Pepe Reina was left flat-footed and speechless as he saw the ball soar into the back of his net.
Berbatov’s performance, while overshadowing United’s defensive frailties, will be a welcome boost. Wayne Rooney hasn’t yet produced the form that saw him carry United for much of last season.
Berbatov, with his performance against Liverpool, has certainly won over many of the fans and critics that initially doubted him.