Golden-Boot Winner Berbatov Could Be on Way Out of Man United

by Punter's Hero on May 29, 2011

in Football, Latest News

It’s a little bit ironic that this year’s golden boot winner Dimitar Berbatov could be on his way out of Manchester United while seldom-used striker Michael Owen might be staying. The 30-year-old Berbatov banged in 20 regular-season goals for United this year while the 31-year-old Owen chipped in with five in all competitions. Berbatov’s total saw him share the golden boot with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.

The former Bulgarian missed numerous chances to win the award outright this season and he scored his goals in bunches, which is one of the reasons he might be let go. In fact, Berbatov scored 11 of his 20 goals in just three matches as he had two hat-tricks and a five-goal game. He played in a total of 42 games this season and scored 21 goals total, meaning he was held scoreless in about 30 of those games.

The problem with Berbatov is he’s either on fire or as cold as ice when it comes to goal scoring. Sure, he definitely contributed to United’s record-setting season as the club won its 19th championship, but they might have been able to do it without him, especially with Javier Hernandez banging in goals more consistently from the striker position.

Berbatov didn’t like sitting on the bench for some of United’s crucial games, but in comparison Owen realized he was also kept on the bench for most of the season because manager Alex Ferguson had better options. Owen seems to accept his role with the club and that’s why he’s open to staying if he’s offered a new contract.

Berbatov was signed to a four-year deal before the 2008/09 season kicked off after Ferguson paid about 30 million pounds for him. But the odds are pretty good that he might be sold in the off-season. Berbatov’s a good player, no question, but his lack of consistent scoring could lead him elsewhere.

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