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Rome 09: Hopefully Not Penalties – Berbatov

Posted by Keano! on May 26, 2009

Manchester United front man, Dimitar Berbatov has spoken out of his wish for the final in Rome to not go the distance and end with spot kicks. Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Bulgarian admitted he didn’t want to see a penalty shootout between Man United and Barcelona, and this if it did come down to it, he wasn’t sure if he’d step forward to take one for the English Champions.

Berbatov was heavily criticised by United fans after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton after a shootout at Wembley, when Berbatov took a very lazy penalty and saw it comfortably saved by ex-United ‘keeper, Tim Howard.

When confronted on the possibility of having to step up again in Rome, Dimitar said,

"It hurt a lot. It’s very difficult when you make a mistake and everyone is trying to attack you.”

"I’m not sure I’m going to (take a penalty). Let’s hope it’s not going to get to that."

Berbatov hasn’t had the easiest of rides with United fans, even being booed at certain stages in games, but the £30M man is focused on impressing his manager,

"If I have to say something personal about my season, then it is always pressure," he explained.

"I’m a realistic type of guy and my biggest critic. I know when a club pays a lot of money for a player the expectation will be higher, even if it’s ridiculous sometimes. I’m used to that and know everyone is expecting even more from me. But in the end it’s only important what the boss is going to say to me, if he is happy or not.

"If he says he is not, then I need to work to improve."

Doubts remain over Berbatov starting in Rome, with Carlos Tevez staking a claim for a place in the first eleven.

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