Dimitar Berbatov is a forward that is remembered fondly at Manchester United. The lanky Bulgarian notched 56 goals in 149 appearances for the Red Devils, helping the club to two Premier League titles in his four seasons at Old Trafford.
Things could have been oh so different however, if the striker had listened to his agent.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Berbatov revealed that his agent had tried to persuade him to move to Manchester City in the summer of 2008, but the forward's heart was already set on a move to United:
I don’t think it was that close, to be honest.
My agent told me about some interest but I said, ‘Don’t even bother mentioning anyone else, I’m going to Man Utd,’ because of the history, the players, the tradition, everything.
Berbatov went on to say that the night before Manchester City signed Robinho from Real Madrid his agent once again flagged the club's interest in the striker, but the Bulgarian met the proposal with incredibly short shrift:
...my agent said, ‘Berba, there’s another team in for you’. I said, ‘F*ck off, we’re going to Man Utd’.
His agent then told the Tottenham forward that City would pay the striker a higher wage, but this was not important according to the striker:
It’s not all about the money sometimes, though. I was like a horse with blinkers. For me it was the right decision because going to the top of the mountain was my dream, especially when you come from Eastern Europe, from a small town, and no one’s done it before you. It was a great feeling.
Berbatov's stubbornness ended up serving him well, United would win six trophies in his time at the club, before the forward moved on to Fulham in 2012.