28 November 2010 | Stretty Stories

Dimitar Berbatov’s five-star performance against Blackburn yesterday is dominating the headlines, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few good stories hidden in the shadows of the Bulgarian’s brilliance. The main focus of today’s Stretty Stories will of course be the reaction to Berbatov’s sensational performance, but there’s also stories of Tom Cleverley drawing praise and Sir Alex’s interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Berbatov: I can’t believe I score five – The Daily Mail

After a two-month goal drought, the floodgates burst open for Dimitar Berbatov yesterday as he put five past Paul Robinson in United’s 7-1 victory over Blackburn. The Bulgarian hadn’t scored since his hat trick against Liverpool in September, and surprised himself with his five-goal performance on Saturday. Speaking of his achievement, Berbatov said, “I can’t believe I scored five. I have scored five before but it was a long time ago back home. To do it in the Premier League and stand next to Shearer and Andy Cole is a great honour.” His five against Blackburn bring Berbatov’s tally to 12 in all competitions, equalising his total from last season.

Fergie expects end for Edwin – Sky Sports

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Edwin van der Sar will call time on his illustrious career at the conclusion of this season. The Dutch goalkeeper has not given the gaffer his final decision yet, but Sir Alex is already planning for the future assuming Van der Sar will retire. Sir Alex thinks Van der Sar would retire before he could do any damager to his legacy: “All of a sudden, because of age, (Peter) Shilton’s form just collapsed and I don’t think Edwin would want that. He is such a proud man and it’s going to be a big loss.” Van der Sar’s wife Annemarie suffered a brain haemorrhage last December, and it is believed he would like to retire to spend more time with her. United have already signed Anders Lindegaard as a possible replacement, but Sir Alex admits he is still considering the addition of another goalkeeper.

Martinez tips Tom for England – Sky Sports

Tom Cleverley’s manager on loan at Wigan – Roberto Martinez – was full of praise ahead of there 3-1 loss to West Ham on Saturday in which the England U-21 scored his first goal for the club. Martinez claims he sees a bright future for the 21-year-old in the England national team. Cleverley joined Wigan on a season-long loan in August, but Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that the midfielder may return to Old Trafford in January. Martinez had this to say about Cleverley’s ability: “Tom’s tactical awareness is not normal for such a young man. I don’t think we have seen many cases like him before.”

Schweinsteiger fits the bill for Fergie – The Sunday Mirror

With contract negotiations stalling between Bastian Schweinsteiger and Bayern Munich, there is growing speculation that the German midfielder may be preparing to depart with Old Trafford a possible destination. The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson may make a move worth £12 million for Schweinsteiger in January. Chelsea and Manchester City are also thought to be interested, and Sir Alex would prefer to complete a deal now rather than financially compete with other clubs in summer.

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7 Comments on 28 November 2010 | Stretty Stories

  1. $12 million for Schweini? Dirt cheap! I would have thought he’d be valued much higher these days. Well, go for it Fergie – he’s a wonderful, hard-working midfielder.

  2. we won’t get him for £12m are u mad? £25-30m and we might be in with a shout !!! Plus if Anderson carries on playing like he did against Blackburn we might not need him…….Defour & Hazard are 2 Midfielders I think we have a better chance of getting.

  3. I have said it all along that Berbatov will score goals once Rooney returns. The man is fantastic and his performance on Saturday will hopefully shut all the Berba Haters up. Fergie must go for Schweinsteiger – we do not need any more strikers but we most certainly need central midfielders as well as a left wing. Schweinsteiger is the answer so please Fergie, lets seal this deal before we miss out on him like we did with Sneijder and Van Der Vaart!!

  4. Five goals or not, Berba still has lots of work and convincing to do. If he had spread his Saturday goals over his dry spell since September, we would have been very far from the chasing pack by now. I still think SAF should let him go even as early as January. Such a performance can fetch us something in the region of 20m pounds, and that mount can get us 2 very good poachers who will give us an average of a goal a game. That aside though, Saturday’s performance was absolutely fantastic, hopefully, we can go on some sort of a winning streak. I will settle for one nil wins other than 7-1 romps surrounded by stupid draws and losses. Otherwise, bring on Bastian, he will change our midfield for the better.

  5. I’d agree with Gallasofchekslea. One great performance doesn’t make up for all the rubbish ones. He’s still not justified his transfer. When he’s at the top of his game there’s no doubt he’s awesome but he’s only had about 3 of those games since he joined. He’s not good enough.

  6. Why put in a bid for anyone – Ando.Cleverley + several youth players. Also maybe Hargo will return.

    SAF will not splash unless it is for a player with a long term future.

    Can see Rooney becoming more of a advanced midfielder in years to come and not an out and out striker

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