Fergie gives Berbatov food for thought
Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he makes notes about Sir Alex Ferguson's management techniques just in case he decides to be a boss one day. The Bulgarian is rewarding Ferguson for the immense faith he has shown in him by finally finding the form that persuaded the Manchester United boss to spend a club record £30.75million to sign him from Tottenham two years ago. Berbatov always sensed he would benefit from working under Ferguson's guidance. And with seven goals to his name this season, including the first hat-trick by a United player against Liverpool since 1946, he has no cause to reproach himself. "He is one of the most successful managers in the history of the game," said Berbatov, in an exclusive interview with MUTV. "I write things down about the way we train and how he treats people. It is like a school. You work with the best manager and play with the best players. "I try to learn. I am at the biggest club in the world. If I can learn anywhere it is here." Berbatov admitted he was in awe of Ferguson when he first moved north from Tottenham. But it soon became apparent the most decorated British manager of all time was a multi-dimensional character, who even when he is unleashing the infamous hair-dryer, always does so with an end goal in mind. "At first I was star struck but when you start to know him, you see he is a very nice guy," said Berbatov. "He jokes around with the players but when things don't go the way he wants he can be tough. "It is not that it makes you feel uncomfortable. He just wants you to be sure in yourself. "Every human being is different. You need different approaches and he goes to every player and speaks to them alone to motivate them." Ferguson will need to speak to all his strikers ahead of Sunday's encounter with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. In addition to Berbatov's hat-trick, the United boss needs to take into account Michael Owen's two goals at Scunthorpe on Wednesday, plus the formidable presence of Wayne Rooney before deciding his first starting line-up of a week that also includes a testing Champions League trip to Valencia. "It does give me a problem," said Ferguson. "I have known it was going to be a problem since the start of the season, that is why I let Danny Welbeck go to Sunderland and Mame Biram Diouf to Blackburn on loan. "The form of Dimitar Berbatov has meant that other players have taken a back seat, which is unfortunate for them because they are good players."
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