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Man Utd striker Berbatov hoping for third time lucky in Champions League

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov admits he hopes it will be third time lucky in the Champions League this season.

Should Sir Alex Ferguson's team achieve a rare hat-trick of finals, it will hand Berbatov the opportunity to end his barren run in the final, after losing with United last term and being part of the Bayer Leverkusen team defeated by Real Madrid in Glasgow in 2002.

Berbatov said: "I was on the bench [in 2002] and thinking this is like every other game. I was a kid back then, but it is now two finals and two losses for me. I'm glad I have had the opportunity to play at the highest level, though. I want to be there again and I'm sure we will be.

"When I was in my first final I was 19 and I didn't pay much attention to it. But when you look back you realise not so many players have the chance to play in the Champions League final, so the second time, when we lost against Barcelona, was very disappointing."

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