Berbatov hits back at first season sceptics

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at his critics this season, insisting he has had a successful first campaign at Old Trafford.

The Bulgarian international signed for Sir Alex Ferguson's side for £30.75million from Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of last summer's transfer window, having netted 27 league goals in two seasons at White Hart Lane.

However, despite scoring 14 goals in all competitions in his debut season, helping the Red Devils win the Premier League, Carling Cup and World Clup Cup, the former Bayer Leverkusen man has continued to receive criticism for his laid-back style.

It reached boiling-point following the front-man's languid penalty-kick in United's FA Cup semi-final shootout defeat to Everton.

However, Berbatov maintains that his first year at a new club - with a huge transfer fee weighing on his shoulders - has been a productive one, and that he intends to improve further in 2009/10.

"I think the season has been successful for me," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"Next season we will be favourites in all competitions again. After all, United is the biggest team in the world."

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