Sir Alex Ferguson insists he still trusts Dimitar Berbatov after Wayne Rooney was ruled out of Manchester United's clash with Blackburn on Sunday.
The £30.75million Bulgarian was left on the bench for Manchester United's crunch Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and remained there until 10 minutes from time, even after Rooney had gone off and his side were slipping to a narrow quarter-final exit.
It has raised inevitable questions over Berbatov's Old Trafford future, even if United would have to take a massive loss on the club record fee it cost to sign the 29-year-old from Tottenham in 2008. "Yes, I still trust him," said Ferguson.
"He is a good player and there is absolutely no reason why we should doubt that.
"Dimitar he has done well in a lot of games recently but we prefer to play with one striker.
"When we got the man sent off on Wednesday there was no need to bring a striker on because all we were trying to do was go over the line in terms of defending."
The spotlight has tended to shine on Berbatov even more because Ferguson fought so hard to get him, and bucked the general trend of buying younger players. That policy continued on Thursday, when United confirmed the capture of 21-year-old Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Chivas.
Ferguson admitted he was not intending to sign Hernandez quite so quickly.
However, he had been forced into action by the 21-year-old muscling his way into the Mexican national squad, where he has scored four times already, and put himself in line for a place at the World Cup. Ferguson continued: "We got some background knowledge about the boy last October and we had more good reports in December.
"The feeling was to wait because he was young. But then he got into the national team, which created a problem for us because if he went to the World Cup and did well, there would be a danger of losing him."
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