Berba's like King Eric: Sir Alex lavishes praise upon United's new Cantona
07 March 2009 10:35
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Sir Alex Ferguson has likened Dimitar Berbatov to Eric Cantona for the way he keeps slotting home important goals for Manchester United.
The Bulgarian bagged the second-half winner at Newcastle
on Wednesday to keep United seven points clear in the title race, with a game in hand.
It was Berbatov's 13th goal since joining the Old Trafford outfit in a club record £30.75million move from Tottenham
earlier in the season.
And four of the last seven have proved to be decisive during a run of just one defeat - at Derby County - in 29 games since the start of November.
It is reminiscent of an amazing burst Cantona went on during the 1995-96 season when he scored nine goals in 12 games, five of which proved the winner in 1-0 successes, while one of the others earned his side a 1-1 draw.
The comparison between the pair is not lost on Ferguson, who feels Berbatov is really beginning to come into his own at United.
'He is a different type of player to what we had last season,' he said.
'He has a patience and composure in the last third of the field that is helping us.
'That is quite a number of winning goals for us now.
'Eric Cantona used to score important goals as well and if he keeps on scoring important goals then it is an emphatic result for us.'