Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that a pre-season chat with striker Dimitar Berbatov has helped the Bulgaria international hit top form this season.
The 29-year-old has scored seven times for the Red Devils this term, including a superb hat-trick in the 3-2 win over deadly rivals Liverpool just under a month ago.
Berbatov had previously struggled to live up to the £30million price-tag which had seen him head to Old Trafford from Spurs in the summer of 2008.
Ferguson told reporters: "I just had a word with him at the start of the campaign.
I told him 'Look, only you can solve this conundrum. You're the one in control here. You've got fantastic ability and you need to realise that ability and make the most of it. We'll be here to support you'.
"And he's started the season in terrific form for us. Dimitar has been, without doubt, our star forward.
"When you bring a player to Manchester United, not everybody takes to the situation straight away. Not all signings become hits overnight.
"Nobody's ever doubted the ability of the lad, but what we're seeing now is a striker who's playing with belief and confidence.
"All strikers are massively reliant on those two factors - belief and confidence - and at the moment Berbatov has both."