‘I was wrong’ Dimitar Berbatov’s admittance regarding Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United

‘I was wrong’ Dimitar Berbatov’s admittance regarding Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United

Berbatov was wrong

The impact that Bruno Fernandes has had at Manchester United has been one of the most significant of the Premier League era. Very few players have been able to single-handedly turn the fortunes of a side around since their arrival in such a short space of time.

However, it is obvious to see that the Portuguese international has been the catalyst to turn Manchester United, who were previously a side with the target of securing Champions League qualification, into a title-challenging side this season.

Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has gone on record to say that he was wrong to suggest that one player cannot change a team.

‘I was wrong’ Dimitar Berbatov’s admittance regarding Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 25: Dimitar Berbatov of Monaco attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group C match between Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco at BayArena on November 25, 2014 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I have always said that a single player cannot change a team. I was wrong. Since his arrival, Bruno Fernandes has supported the team with his individual performances. He assists, he scores goals. He knows what to do to play good football,” he said.

Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and played over 100 games for the club scoring 48 league goals. His arrival helped Sir Alex Ferguson and his team to the Premier League title in that year. He scored 9 goals in the league in 31 appearances, he would go onto score 20 in two seasons’ time but the impact of Fernandes has been meteoric in comparison.

Fernandes exhausted

The impact of Fernandes has been so great that he has become almost undroppable for Manchester United to the point where he needs to play almost all games for the club to have the best chance of winning.

United drew 0-0 against Liverpool in the top of the table clash at the weekend and the Portuguese international had some bright moments but ultimately was not the main protagonist of the game.

Solskjaer has said that the player is tired having played so much with such commitment in recent games. The Portuguese midfielder was seen visibly annoyed to be substituted against Liverpool but the Norwegian coach explained his decision behind the change.

“It was a tactical decision,” the United boss said. “Bruno has been running his socks off for us in every single game since he came here. Running, more or less, every game.

‘I was wrong’ Dimitar Berbatov’s admittance regarding Bruno Fernandes’ impact at Manchester United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Thiago of Liverpool challenges for the ball with Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“Towards the end, I felt Paul’s physical presence in there might be a chance for us. Mason, you know if he gets a chance he can score in the blink of a second. But it was a throw of the dice to get Mason on, even though he had to defend against Robertson.”

United now travel to Fulham where they will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run and solidify their place as league leaders.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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2 Manchester United FC 26 21 50
3 Leicester City FC 26 15 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 26 16 44
6 Liverpool FC 26 13 43
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
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20 Sheffield United FC 26 -28 11
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Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
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