Dimitar Berbatov Reacts To His Greatest Ever Piece Of Skill vs West Ham And It's Fascinating
"After he [Ronaldo] had scored, I tried to look so cool - no emotion, just walking back to the halfway line like nothing had happened, like, 'Yeah, this is a usual day for me.' But inside I was like, 'F**king hell, did you all see that?!"
Dimitar Berbatov knew he'd just pulled off something a little bit special on that day against West Ham in 2008.
Premier League champions-to-be Manchester United were already ahead against Gianfranco Zola's side through a Cristiano Ronaldo opener when the silky Bulgarian chased after Anderson's poor through ball down the left flank.
Berbatov didn't give up on the attack, however, and when West Ham centre-back James Collins closed him down, the former Spurs striker reached for the ball with two yards of pitch to spare, kept it in play with a spin and a flick before crossing the ball to give Ronaldo his second goal of the game.
It was a proper 'where were you' moment.
Sir Alex Ferguson's United side went on to win the game 2-0 thanks to a brace from arguably the world's best player at the time, but it was Berbatov's genius that grabbed the headlines.
And can you blame the headlines? 12 years later and the Bulgarian has reacted to his greatest ever skills in an interview with Sky Sports, including that moment against The Hammers at Old Trafford.
"This is one of my all-time favourites," Berbatov begins. "It was a bad pass from Anderson obviously...but I practiced this goal at home from time to time - and even on the training ground."
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Take a look at his brilliant reaction to the skill at 1:55 below.
Berbatov was like marmite during his spell at United; some people loved him and some people didn't.
He did score 48 goals in 108 appearances for the club but some berated his laidback approach. Following his retirement, the Bulgarian admitted he was ticked off by the critics.
"It is probably because I didn't play like [Wayne] Rooney or [Carlos] Tevez," Berbatov said in an interview with Goal , when asked about the 'lazy' label.
"I didn't like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn't true.
"People can go f*** themselves. People don't understand and try to look smart. I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn't make any difference for me.
"I was more bothered how I move and make space."
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