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The King's royal seal for Berbatov
Published : 13 May 2010 09:08:55
Manchester United legend Denis Law has jumped to the defence of under-fire Dimitar Berbatov - refusing to write off the £30m hitman. Old Trafford's greatest ever striker insists the Bulgarian can still turn his United career around, despite two disappointing seasons. Sir Alex Ferguson is mulling over whether to cut his losses on the record £30.75m signing, who has netted just 26 goals since arriving from Tottenham in 2008. With the United boss set to splash the cash this summer - with Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema at the top of his wanted list - it remains to be seen if Berbatov has a future at the club. But Law still believes the languid 29-year-old has the talent to prove his critics wrong. "He's always had that laid back style, even when he was at Tottenham and that's what the fans admired him," he said. "But now he gets criticised for it. "He had a very successful two years at Spurs where he looked a very exciting player. Everyone talks about the money he cost. I remember a manager saying to me - no matter how much you pay for a player, if he's better than what you've got then he's a good buy. "I don't want to knock him. He hasn't come up to the standard he set at Spurs, but when he was there he looked an extremely good player." Law was nicknamed The King by United fans after scoring 237 goals in 404 appearances. Berbatov has come nowhere near to reaching that standard, but Law revealed he suffered his own difficulties when playing in Italy with Torino before being signed by Sir Matt Busby in 1962. "You can put it down to culture or the city," he said. "The difference for foreign players is it's not easy with the language and the culture. "I had the same problem when I went to Italy. Fortunately the food was lovely and I liked the Italian accent. "But it was lonely at night. During training and playing it was great, but in the evening you're in a foreign country with no family." "Matt Busby always said if you're happy off the field you'll be happy on it." Law hopes Berbatov doesn't turn out to be like another big-money flop, Juan Sebastien Veron. "He looked an excellent player with Argentina and in Italy, but when he came to United he didn't do it," said the legendary Scotland striker. "He was a commanding player, yet when he came to United he wasn't." Meanwhile, United have been linked with AC Milan forward Marco Borriello. The 27-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Rossoneri this term. Do you think Berbatov will stay at United, and would you like to see Borriello brought in? Have your say.