Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is delighted for Dimitar Berbatov after his hat-trick against Liverpool. The United support has never been entirely convinced of Berbatov's value, especially as his club record £30.75million arrival from Tottenham two years ago was the major contributing factor to Carlos Tevez's disenchantment and eventual departure.
But new skipper Vidic claimed that inside the United dressing room, Berbatov's class was acknowledged by all.
"We are all aware how good Dimitar is," said Vidic. "His skills with the ball are incredible. The criticism he got last year was because he didn't score many goals.
"This season he is scoring a lot, and important goals too."
In the same way Wayne Rooney did last year, Berbatov seems to be benefiting from becoming more selfish.
"He has learned what he has to do," said Vidic. "He has changed his game compared to last season. He is in the box more and is more of a threat.
"Dimitar has always had a great touch and gave us composure but because he is also going into the box, he is scoring goals. That is why he is getting so much credit.
"If he keeps doing that we have a good chance to win the league and for him to gain some personal reward by becoming player of the year."