The Bulgarian fired 57 goals in 149 United games but could never lose the ‘idle’ tag.
But last night Berbatov, 31, hit back — also pointing out that 41 of those appearances were from the substitutes bench.
He said: “I left Manchester United with my head held very high.
“I gave 100 per cent and no one could doubt my performances, especially when you compare how many minutes I actually played.
“I was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in 2010-11 and never wanted to be on the bench.
“Perhaps I needed to play more but I always accepted the manager’s orders. I never considered myself to be a star — only a forward working for the team.”