Dimitar Berbatov picks nine Manchester United players in his ultimate XI

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After playing for eight different clubs from around Europe, it’s fair to say Dimitar Berbatov has played with some incredible players.

So, picking his ultimate XI from his teammates from the past must have been a difficult task for the Bulgarian.

However, Berbatov’s team only include players from Tottenham, Manchester United and his national side.


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In fact, nine of the 11 players come from his four-year spell at Old Trafford when he was asked to pick his #One2Eleven on The Fantasy Football Club.

Berbatov won two Premier League trophies whilst at United, scoring 56 goals from 149 appearances in all competitions. So, it’s hardly surprising to see his side swimming with talent from the Theatre of Dreams.

Only Spurs strike partner Robbie Keane and international teammate Stiliyan Petrov were the only non-United players.

Find the full XI and explanation for his choices below:

GOALKEEPER - Edwin van der Sar

"The best goalkeeper I've ever played with."

RIGHT-BACK - Gary Neville

"I will always remember the way he trained, it was unbelievable - a full professional. He was a great professional and overall a great person. His statistics speak for themselves, he was great."

CENTRE-BACK - Nemanja Vidic

"Vida was going through walls, he would literally go through walls for the fans and his team-mates. He had a face like a war hero!"

CENTRE-BACK - Rio Ferdinand

"On the other side we had Rio. I have never seen a defender who tried not to tackle as much as he did, he was always trying to anticipate the game and read the opponents."

LEFT-BACK - Patrice Evra

"My friend, my brother from another mother! Somehow he was always the first guy to congratulate me when I scored a goal. He was always so sincere when he celebrated my goals, I could see it in his face and that made me happy."

RIGHT MIDFIELD - Cristiano Ronaldo

"I played with him for one year and the thing that struck me was that, while he obviously had talent, he worked harder than everybody else. He was unbelievable. He was doing all he could to become the best. He wanted to be No 1 and he did."

CENTRE MIDFIELD - Stiliyan Petrov

"He could run all day, all night. I could go to bed and he would still be running! He doesn't know how to surrender so he was always fighting at Aston Villa and in the international team when we played together."


"I like him because he was like me, he didn't speak much. The passing, shooting and vision he had was unbelievable. That is why he is one of the greatest midfielders of all time."


"Because of him I started doing yoga, I am not the stretchiest guy! If you want to learn you need to learn from the best. After training he would do yoga and you could see his body at 40 was fitter than mine. I started doing the things he was doing and it has helped me play longer."

STRIKER - Wayne Rooney

"On the training ground he would work hard and it's still the same on the pitch. He runs around tirelessly like he's 20 and I admire that."

STRIKER - Robbie Keane

"I struck a great partnership with Robbie Keane at Tottenham. I liked him as a person. He was tireless, running around screaming, supporting the team-mates, trying to make everybody feel good."

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