Ferguson: Berbatov going nowhere

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that striker Dimitar Berbatov will not be exiting Old Trafford this summer.

Since his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 the Bulgarian has failed to fully justify his £30.75 million price tag, scoring just 12 times in all competitions last season and irking Red Devils' fans by missing a hatful of opportunities.

Ferguson, having already recruited Mexican starlet Javier Hernandez, is thought to be keen to bring in one more established forward after United were left relying on the goals of Wayne Rooney in 2009/10 with Michael Owen sidelined through injury.

But although he disappointed last term, the Scot is adament that Berbatov will improve in a Manchester United shirt next season and certainly will not be leaving.

"No, he will not - definitely not. There's a problem with Manchester United in terms of expectation and media attention,” he said in the Mirror.

"There's speculation every year and we've got to live with that hype. We know Dimitar is a good player and he will be with us next year."

After winning three consecutive Premier League titles, United were pipped to the post by rivals Chelsea in May after being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich at the quarter-finals stage.

But Ferguson believes he does not need to change too much ahead of next season.

"We don't have a great deal to improve on. The one area of concern last season was that we had 16 players missing through injury," he said.

"That impacts on the stability of the team as the season develops. But we always felt that when our back four was in place there was a sense of purpose and strength."

By Owen Edwards

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