Dimitar Berbatov has played just 25 minutes of football since the season began, with the Bulgarian replacing Danny Welbeck at West Brom. Since then, last season’s joint-top Premier League scorer has been an unused substitute in every match, although Sir Alex Ferguson insists that the £30 million man still has a part to play.
The Manchester United forward was linked with a move away from Old Trafford during the summer after seemingly falling out of favour with Ferguson despite managing 22 goals last season which helped the club win the Premier League.
The Scot insists that Berbatov will get game time as the season progresses and the same applies to Michael Owen who has also largely been confined to the bench.
“It is hard because of the number of strikers we have,” Ferguson said. “Michael Owen is there, Federico Macheda, Mame Biram Diouf. Danny Welbeck won’t be back next week but probably the week after. It is not easy.
“Dimitar has been training terrific. His attitude is spot on. He will get his game time as the season wears on. There is no question about that.”
However, the Manchester United manager will almost certainly stick with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez for the match against Chelsea on Sunday in the sternest test of the Red Devils’ title credentials to date.