“Berbatov gets a lot of criticism but he has great ability and is a quality finisher. It is unfortunate for him that he has a laid-back attitude. But for me he has always been top quality.
“Everything he seemed to pluck out of the sky, everything seemed to die on his toe – he was a real problem. I thought we did much better in the second half with him but he is a class act when he is in the mood and when the TV cameras are here and he is a real problem.”
– Martin Jol
“I enjoy playing with Dimitar. If we are playing well together it is the product of us playing and training together for years. You start to learn which movements he will make, when he will pass the ball and when he will shoot. He is fantastic to play with. He can do things that are really special.”
– Wayne Rooney
“You welcome any world-class player who is going to bring something different to the club. Berbatov is a very good player. I have watched him quite a bit because he plays for my old club. People are always going to link him with big clubs like United. As players here what you look for is a player coming in who can bring you something different and Berbatov certainly would.”
– Michael Carrick said this before Berbatov moved to Manchester United
“I wasn’t surprised at Berba’s work-rate,” said Ferdinand. “To be honest if you look at the statistics you’ll see that he’s one of the hardest runners in our team and that he covers the most ground. He’s a bit languid and whatnot, but he really puts the effort in. People see a different side to him, but I don’t think that it actually reflects his importance to the team. He’s appreciated by us and that’s the most important thing. I thought he was brilliant against Wolves. For one player to play up front on his own and occupy their back four the way he did was testament to his quality.”
– Rio Ferdinand
“I think we are being rewarded this season for our confidence in a player who has a touch of genius.”
– Sir Alex Ferguson
“I cannot think of another player who can do what he does every week. We do expect him to score four every week but he is capable of doing anything on the pitch.
– Gus Poyet
“Berbatov has been the outstanding buy for me and is playing at the top of his game,” he said. “In the games I’ve watched, he has been absolutely outstanding. He looks like he’s really enjoying himself and has found a home where he’s the main player. He’s showing the class he possesses. It will be worth the admission just to see him play. You have to say he’s one of the best players in the Premier League on form. He can win games on his own and has been a great signing for Martin Jol. It’s his touch and his movement, and he sees a pass. He’s first-class. He’s the player for me that glues everything together and makes them tick.”
– Tony Pulis
“He’s a remarkable boy. He’s a different personality, but he’s said it twice now. Against Stoke before the match and he said it again today. The only thing he wants is a day off if he scores. I promised him a day off and he scores! He looks like he’s sulking and sometimes his body language is not great, but you know that he can be a winner, and he can decide games for you.”
– Martin Jol
“Of all the strikers in the Barclays Premier League, including Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba, Dimitar Berbatov has the best technique.”
– Jamie Redknapp
“He is an incredible player for us. He holds the ball up so well and does special stuff every game.
– Brede Hangeland
“We are all aware how good Dimitar is. His skills with the ball are incredible. He has learnt what he has to do. He has changed his game compared to last season. He is in the box more and is more of a threat. Dimitar has always had a great touch and gave us composure but because he is also going into the box, he is scoring goals.”
– Nemanja Vidic
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