The Bulgarian signed for Alex Ferguson’s side for £30million, and went on to play 149 games and score 56 goals across four seasons at the club.
Yet he revealed his agent alerted him to Man City‘s interest late on, although by that point he was set on the red half of Manchester despite the greater riches on offer.
Berbatov said: ‘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 United,’ because of the history, the players, the tradition, everything.
‘I think it was the night before City signed Robinho from Real Madrid and my agent said, “Berba, there’s another team in for you”. I said, “F*ck off, we’re going to Man United”. He said, “But they’ll give you more money!”
‘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 also admitted he had to stick to his guns over the move, having envisaged making it from a young age.
‘It’s difficult,’ he told FourFourTwo. ‘You see it all the time with players moving clubs. In my case it was me simply following my path, because ever since I was a small boy, I’d always imagined playing for the biggest club in the world.
‘When that moment arrived I know a lot of people were angry with my choice, but I needed to follow my path.’