Ferguson wants Berbatov challenged

23 January 2011 09:30
Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his Manchester United frontmen to follow Dimitar Berbatov's path to 20 goals this season. Berbatov's third hat-trick of the campaign in a 5-0 win over Birmingham took the Bulgarian onto 18 goals, all but one of which have been scored in the Barclays Premier League. It has been an invaluable contribution to United's 22-game unbeaten start, which has taken them top of the table with games in hand. Yet, in order for them to stay there, Ferguson knows that either Berbatov must continue at his present rate or his team-mates must start helping out. With Wayne Rooney stuck on three, two of which came from the penalty spot, the same number as Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher, Javier Hernandez and Nani are the closest to Berbatov with nine and eight respectively. "Dimitar is getting up towards that 20-goal mark, which is going to be important for us," Ferguson told Key103. "It does put a certain brand mark on the team and hopefully we will get another one to that level too. Once you do that you know it is a substantial season."

Source: PA