The Straits Times
www.straitstimes.com
Published on Sep 03, 2012
 

Ferguson has lost my respect, says United reject Berbatov

 
 

SOFIA (REUTERS) - Dimitar Berbatov said on Monday he had lost respect for Alex Ferguson over the way his Manchester United career came to an end.

The Bulgarian striker, who moved to Fulham on transfer deadline day on Friday, said he was unhappy with the way the United manager had treated him in the final months of his four-year stay at Old Trafford.

"I don't think I deserved such treatment at United - not playing (regularly) in the last year," Berbatov told a news conference at Bulgaria's Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia. "I went more than 10, probably 15, times to ask the coach if they need me. And every time I was told that I'm an important player and should not leave, but then again I was not in the team.

"Maybe I should've gone when he (Ferguson) left me out of the squad for the Champions League final (in 2011). I know he's the boss, but he has lost, to some extent, my respect because of the way he treated me."