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Berbatov or Tevez: Which 30m striker should lead the line for United?
Published : 05 May 2009 01:22:08
Former England strikers Les Ferdinand and Mark Hateley discuss whether Dimitar Berbatov or Carlos Tevez should start up front for Manchester United in tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg showdown against Arsenal at the Emirates. LES FERDINANDFormer Newcastle, Spurs and England strikerBerbatov is so laidback he can be infuriating. But if the game is on a knife-edge, and something special is needed, he is more likely than most to deliver. We have seen only glimpses of the quality that persuaded Sir Alex Fergusonto throw so much money at Tottenham at the start of the season but, though there is more to come, he is putting Tevez in the shade for goals and assists. He is never going to match Tevez's energy or buzz around the pitch but he is a flair player with a big-game temperament and when you are playing for a Champions League final place, that can be invaluable. He can be a match-winner in a game like this. High-flyer: Dimitar Berbatov has put Tevez in the shade for goals and assists MARK HATELEYFormer Milan, Rangers and England strikerIwould go for Tevez. Arsenal will be pushing as much as possible andTevez's willingness to chase defenders and deny them space could becrucial. His energy is phenomenal and he will chase all day long. It's no wonder he is such a favourite with United fans. He has a never-say-dieattitude and passion that supporters identify with. He is robust for such a short guy and he has bags of tenacity. SirAlex Ferguson was a bit like that as a player so you can see why Tevezis up his street. That sort of enthusiasm is infectious but there ismore to him than work-rate. His ability to go on powerful, foraging runs makes him a threat in his own right andhe has a keen eye for goal. Never-say-die attitude: Tevez is a big threat going forward with an eye for goal One kick from Rome: We're on the brink, says United boss Fergie as he gambles on RioObsessed? Not me, claims Wenger ahead of United showdownThe smart money's on Arsenal to dump Manchester United, says Gunners skipper FabregasMANCHESTER UNITED FC