Berba - Hard work pays off

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Dimitar Berbatov believes a summer of hard work has been a key factor in his explosive start to the season for Manchester United.

Striker feels privileged to play for United

Dimitar Berbatov believes a summer of hard work has been a key factor in his explosive start to the season for Manchester United. The Bulgarian striker has struggled to make a sustained impact at Old Trafford since his 2008 arrival from Tottenham Hotspur and has failed to fully convince the United fans. However, a hat-trick in Sunday's thrilling 3-2 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool took Berbatov's tally to six goals in five Premier League appearances. The 29-year-old insists he feels privileged to be a United player and outlined the lengths he went to during the off-season to ensure he was in top condition for the 2010/11 campaign.

Awesome

"I was disappointed with myself that I could not please all the supporters," said Berbatov. "I've said before, the people of Manchester United are the judges and that is the way it should be. It's their team. I am a guest - a privileged guest. "Now I feel like everything I imagine on the pitch will come true and that feels awesome. "I have worked hard on my fitness. So hard. I'm not a weights guy, I'm sure you can see by my body. But I have been trying to even work on that. "I ran six miles every day during the off season. I watched one World Cup match, went for a run, then watched another and went for another run. This was my routine." He added: "This crowd at Old Trafford. The way I feel right now. I'm not tired, I feel alive. "I have always said I am so lucky to play here. For these people. For this manager. For this club. With these players."

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