Blackburn’s Allardyce believes Man Utd’s Berbatov is simply misunderstood

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has suggested that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is brilliant but misunderstood.

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has suggested that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is brilliant but misunderstood.

The Rovers boss has likened the former Bulgaria international - who scored a superb five goals in United’s 7-1 win over the Lancashire club on the weekend – to Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka whom Allardyce managed at Bolton a few years back.

Berbatov could be classified as inconsistent at times but Allardyce preferred to speak in a positive manner about the ex-Tottenham man.

"Dimitar has a laid-back style and Nicolas always looked miserable. I had the same perception of Nicolas as everyone else but, after I met him, I realised that wasn't the case,” Allardyce said.

"When I was in charge of Anelka, I just said to him, 'You play the best way for us by using your strengths in this area and that area, so don't worry too much when we haven't got the ball. What you have to do is use that pace and ability when we have it'.

"You have to understand the intelligence of Berbatov.

"How he finds spaces in tight areas, how his touch very rarely deserts him and how he is actually quicker than he looks.

"Everyone has periods when they don't do it. And just because he hasn't scored doesn't mean he hasn't played well."

 
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