Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Berbatov learning from Ferguson

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he makes notes about Sir Alex Ferguson's management techniques just in case he decides to be a boss one day.

The Bulgarian is rewarding Ferguson for the immense faith he has shown in him by finally finding the form that persuaded the Manchester United boss to spend a club record £30.75million to sign him from Tottenham two years ago.

"He (Ferguson) is one of the most successful managers in the history of the game," said Berbatov, in an exclusive interview with MUTV. "I write things down about the way we train and how he treats people. It is like a school. You work with the best manager and play with the best players."

He added: "I try to learn. I am at the biggest club in the world. If I can learn anywhere it is here."

Berbatov admitted he was in awe of Ferguson when he first moved north from Tottenham.

But it soon became apparent the most decorated British manager of all time was a multi-dimensional character, who even when he is unleashing the infamous hair-dryer, always does so with an end goal in mind.

"At first I was star struck but when you start to know him, you see he is a very nice guy," said Berbatov.

"He jokes around with the players but when things don't go the way he wants he can be tough.

"It is not that it makes you feel uncomfortable. He just wants you to be sure in yourself.

"Every human being is different. You need different approaches and he goes to every player and speaks to them alone to motivate them."

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