Before last Tuesday’s Carling Cup match at Elland Road, Dimitar Berbatov had played less than thirty minutes of football for Manchester United, although the Bulgarian is back in favour with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Tottenham striker led the line for the Red Devils at Stoke on Saturday thanks to Wayne Rooney’s hamstring injury and Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Berbatov will start his third consecutive match when United face Basel on Tuesday night.
Ferguson has spoken of the difficulty of giving all his forwards enough game time, although the absence of Rooney and Hernandez means that Berbatov, Michael Owen and Danny Welbeck all have a chance of starting.
“Of course he’s got a part to play. He’s one of our squad members and they’ve all got a part to play,” the United manager said. “There are a lot of games in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carling Cup. It’s an exhausting season unless you use your squad.”
“I don’t have to reassure him,” he added. “He knows his place in the squad, and that applies to many players like Mame Diouf, Macheda and Michael Owen, they’re not playing regularly either. We’ve had six league games and the ones against Benfica and Leeds. It’s only early doors. There’s plenty of time.”