Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal rejected the opportunity to re-sign Dimitar Berbatov in the summer after being approached by the Bulgarian’s agent.
This is according to the Mirror, who cite The Sun on Sunday as claiming the Red Devils had no interest in signing the 34-year-old.
Berbatov eventually signed for Greek club PAOK, following his departure from AS Monaco, as a free agent.
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In the end, following a summer of intense speculation linking them with various top-class strikers, Manchester United made a move for Berbatov’s former teammate Anthony Martial.
Eyebrows were raised when the Premier League giants agreed to pay £36 million for the inexperienced 19-year-old - and for understandable reasons - but the recently-capped France international has already scored three goals for the Red Devils in as many appearances.
Manchester United’s new number nine appears to have settled in at Old Trafford with consummate ease and has already displaced captain Wayne Rooney as the team’s first-choice centre-forward.
Berbatov would have been a poor signing
Berbatov might have been a decent third of fourth-choice striker option for Manchester United, but Van Gaal probably made the right call by rejecting the chance to sign the 34-year-old.
That he ended up at PAOK, rather than a top European club, suggests the technically-gifted Bulgarian is now approaching the end of his playing career.
However, as Berbatov showed in the Champions League last season, his magnificent first touch has not deserted him and neither has his pace - because he didn’t have much to begin with.
Berbatov still holds a special place in the hearts of Manchester United supporters - his hat-trick against arch-rivals Liverpool will never be forgotten by the Old Trafford faithful - but his legacy could have been tarnished had Van Gaal agreed to bring him back.
Manchester United fans: was Louis van Gaal right or wrong to reject the chance to re-sign Dimitar Berbatov? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!