The Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has dismissed the suggestions that he did not work hard when he was at Manchester United by saying that he gave his all for the Red Devils. The 31-year-old Bulgarian striker recently completed his move to Fulham in the summer after growing frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.

Only a few seasons ago, he was £ 31 million signing from Tottenham. However, the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not pick him off and due to his lack of interest and work rate. Ferguson has always relied on players like Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher, who have immense work rate.

Yet, Dimitar Berbatov has said that he did work hard while he was at Manchester united, but he was simply not given the opportunities during the tail end of his career at Old Trafford. In the four years he spent at Old Trafford, Dimitar Berbatov made 149 appearances for the team. He scored 57 goals in the process, while also becoming the Premier league top scorer during one season. He has made an excellent start to life in West London after helping Fulham secure a lot of points from losing positions this season.

“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,” said Berbatov. Berbatov came extremely close to leaving England altogether after almost signing for Fiorentina before joining Fulham on the transfer deadline day.