Berbatov’s 2010/11* season never fails to get an asterisk next to it when discussed amongst football fans and for good reason I suppose. While his 20 goals to share the Premier League Golden Boot with Carlos Tevez looks good on paper, the remarkable fact that 11 of those goals came in 3 matches (Liverpool, Blackburn, Birmingham) is a rather glaring blot on that record. Berbatov began the season on the front foot, scoring 3 goals in 4 before his hat-trick against the enemy. However, this was meekly followed up by a barren streak of 7 matches before he compensated with 5 goals against Blackburn. After his most consistent scoring run with 7 in his next 7, Berbatov’s United career arguably only went downhill. Just 2 then in his last 12, as Ferguson began to favour the partnership of a resurgent Wayne Rooney just behind the increasingly prominent Chicharito. Berbatov’s blank against Man City in the FA Cup Semi Final where he missed a series of chances proved to be the final straw, which culminated in Michael Owen (who had just 2 league goals all season) being chosen over him on United’s bench for the Champions League Final against Barcelona.
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