Dimitar Berbatov was typically modest after his fantastic debut season in the Premiership was recognised by the PFA.
Dimitar Berbatov was typically modest after his fantastic debut season in the Premiership was recognised by the PFA.The striker was one of only three non-Manchester United players to make it into the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) Premiership Team of the Season announced at the PFA Awards on Sunday.
Snapped up from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Dimitar has scored 20 goals in all competitions with four league games left this season.
That haul includes seven in our run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup – just one off the Club record of eight in a single European campaign held by Martin Chivers (1971-2 and 72-3) and Martin Peters (73-4).
His performances were rewarded by his fellow professionals with a place in the PFA XI, up front with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.
“It is a big honour,” smiled ‘Berba’ at the training ground. “I was very pleased and very happy when I found out about it, especially as it comes from my fellow players.
“I wouldn’t have done it without the help of my team-mates and hopefully in the future I will continue to play like this.”
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was the other non-United player represented as Cristiano Ronaldo made sure United dominated this season’s awards.
“Manchester United deserve it,” said Dimitar. “Those players have played so well all season and Drogba and Gerrard are the same. To tell you the truth, I was surprised to be in there, but very happy and very honoured.”
The Bulgarian international has gone from strength to strength since tapping home his first Premiership goal against Sheffield United at the Lane back in August.
That was probably the easiest of the 20 as he’s scored some memorable goals – the dribble against Besiktas, the free-kick at West Ham, the volley against Braga and dink against Fulham to name a few.
Again though, the team ethic shines through. “The most important thing is that the team is doing well,” he added.
“From the first day everyone was really nice to me, not only the guys in the team, but all the people who work around the team too. It really helped me to settle and I am really thankful for that.
“The way to show that I’m really thankful is to score goals and to play the way I can.”
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