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Manchester United could lose star to German giants as talks stall

| 22.03.2011

Manchester United are in danger of losing Dimitar Berbatov to Bayern Munich after talks over the player’s contract stalled.

Despite scoring 21 goals for Manchester United this season Berbatov has found himself playing a bit part recently as Sir Alex Ferguson deploys Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez in attack, but there’s no doubt losing the Bulgarian would be a loss to the Red Devils.

The 30-year-old’s contract expires in 2012 and Bayern are ready to offer £10m for the striker in the summer as disagreements over a wage structure affect the relationship between the club and the player.

Berbatov’s importance can be seen in tee Premier League top goalscorer list which he currently heads with 20 goals, and the Bulgarian is 10/11 to go on to win the Premier League’s golden boot.

However he faces major competition from another former Manchester United striker and Carlos Tevez, who is two goals behind Berbatov on 18 this season, is the same price as the Bulgarian.

With Michael Owen struggling for fitness, Ferguson has had only three strikers to choose from this season and while Javier Hernandez has notched a quite impressive 15 goals in 18 starts, Wayne Rooney has managed just 10 goals this season.

Berbatov has no doubt been a major influence on Manchester United’s season and the loss of the Bulgarian would have a huge impact on the 2011/12 Manchester United campaign.

At the moment things are looking strong for Manchester United who are 16/1 to win the treble this season – Premier League 4/7, FA Cup 1/1 and Champions League 6/1 – but with arguably the worst squad in Man Utd’s Premier League history, Ferguson should be focused on keeping his star players.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.