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Berbatov praises 'inspirational' Ferguson

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Dimitar Berbatov has given no indication that he is looking to leave Manchester United, despite often finding himself on the fringes of the first-team fold this season.

The 30-year-old Bulgarian striker insists he is still enjoying his time at Old Trafford, and paid tribute to the man-management skills of Sir Alex Ferguson, who has established himself as one of world football's most iconic coaches.

"The way he treats players is unbelievable," Berbatov told MUTV. "Even when you're not playing or you're injured, he's still speaking with you and encouraging.

"Some players need to be pushed and others need to be talked to separately. He makes you feel special and lets you know your place in the team.

"For me, he just needs to come to me and tell me what to expect from the game and the training ground, then it is up to me to show I can play every game.

"I cannot speak for other players, but it is always good when the manager comes to ask how you're feeling and makes you feel calm before you play the game."

Berbatov insists the buck lies with him to force his way back into the Red Devils side, and impress the manager he considers to be an 'inspiration'.

"For me, he knows how to motivate you and how to speak with you, about football or some issues you have outside of football," he continued. "Just in the way he speaks with you in the team-talk.

"Before important games he can make you feel like it's the last game you'll play in your life, so you go out there and want to give everything you have.

"It's great - you just need to be there to see it."

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