Manchester United starlet Josh Doughty compared to Berbatov

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Stand outside Old Trafford on any given matchday and you are likely to see a number of degraded No.9 shirts with his name still clinging to the back of Manchester United fans.

Dimitar Berbatov cost Manchester United £30.75million to sign from Tottenham in 2008, going on to score 49 goals in the Premier League before leaving for Fulham in 2012 for less than £5m. It doesn't sound like a fantastic investment, but it was.

While the footballing world is pretty much agreed that the Bulgarian is one of the game's laziest players, those who have been privileged to see him in their club shirt seem to retain a special place in their heart for him.


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So it should excite you to hear that the Red Devils may have already found the next Berbatov. Not only have they found him, but he is already on their books and is currently making his way through the youth system at Old Trafford.

His name is Josh Doughty, a Vancouver-born forward who is currently learning his trade in Manchester United's Under-21 team. Having originally agreed to join the Premier League outfit in January 2014, he finally linked up with the club in November after receiving international clearance.

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The Canadian Berbatov

Little has been heard from the 18-year-old on this side of the pond as of yet, but in Canada they are already labelling him as one of their great hopes for the future.

Born to British parents, Doughty would be eligible to play for both Canada and England, but the Maple Leafs have been trying their best to tie up his future and are currently fast-tracking him through the age groups.

"He's very light of foot, a very technical player," Gale told CTV News.

"He's almost in that Berbatov mould. In close control, tight quarters, (he) works the ball very nicely."

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