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Berbatov: I'll prove the doubters wrong

November 10, 2012
By ESPN Staff

Dimitar Berbatov says despite some fans suggesting otherwise he always gave 100 per cent for Manchester United and aims to prove the doubters wrong now he has joined Fulham.

Dimitar Berbatov has found a home at Fulham
GettyImagesDimitar Berbatov has found a home at Fulham

The Bulgarian forward scored 57 goals in 149 games for United, a statistic which has brought the striker criticism, but Berbatov hit back at claims he wasn't a success in Manchester.

"I left Manchester United with my head held very high. I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played," Berbatov told The Sun.

"I was the Premier League's top goal scorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench. Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager's orders. I never considered myself to be a star - only a forward working for the team."

Berbatov sought an exit from the club after starting just 12 games for United last season and found his way to Fulham where he has linked with the man who first brought him to the Premier League in Martin Jol.

Eyebrows were raised when the striker chose the move to the club, but three goals in five starts have ignited Craven Cottage and Berbatov says he is enjoying life in West London.

"The Fulham directors spoke directly with me to explain their ambitions and how I fitted in with those plans. That was the key and also the fact that my family are happy in England. I received another proposition from Fiorentina but my preference was always to stay in the Premier League," said Berbatov.

"It may be more difficult to score and win trophies with Fulham than at United or Spurs. But I am focused on scoring goals for Fulham and fighting to get us into the Europa League. I like the confidence Fulham have in me. If I feel that the coach is trusting in my ability then I can do special things on the pitch.

"I just want to play every game and when I do this and I'm healthy with no injuries, then the fans can see the way I play. I know the coach, he trusts me, he trusts my ability. I feel good if the coach trusts the way I play."

Berbatov is also hoping to further his rivalry with Arsenal which hit great heights in his time at United.

"Playing against Arsenal has not proved to be very successful for me but I'm looking to score for Fulham at the Emirates. They say Arsenal asked about me at some stage in my career but it was never possible to go there.

"Now Fulham have the same number of points as Arsenal and we need my goals to win games, not so I enjoy personal glory but for the team to gain points.

"We can beat anyone and even though Arsenal are one of the best clubs in England, we intend to make them suffer."