Ferguson’ tweaked the Rooney-Bulgarian system, and it paid dividends
The Bulgarian was at the heart of Saturday's 7-1 mauling of Blackburn Rovers. After United had previously failed to get out of second gear during Berbatov's 10-game drought, such a display proved Sir Alex Ferguson's men are on fire just as the temperature plummets.
United missed out on last season's title by one-point as Wayne Rooney bore the brunt of their underwhelming push. With Berbatov now in the company of fellow five-goal stars including ex-team-mate Jermain Defoe, club legend Andrew Cole and his childhood icon Alan Shearer, this is about to change.
It will be Berbatov that the headline writers now focus. Plenty of flack had flown the striker's way in the 13-hours since his hat-trick against Liverpool last saw him on the score sheet.