Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the match against FC Basel, which is one of the most crucial Manchester United have played in recent seasons.
This match is even bigger than the Champions League final that they played last season due to the simple fact that they could go out of the Champions League at the group stages itself. It has happened only two times during Sir Alex Ferguson’s career at Manchester United, and the Scotsman will be keen to make sure that this will not be the third time. Even though Dimitar Berbatov has been marginalised this season, Sir Alex Ferguson will know that his injury is a major blow because he can always count on the Bulgarian to deliver when it matters the most.
Further, Wayne Rooney has not been exactly in great form and has been played out of position in the last few matches. It has resulted in the England striker going without a goal in nine matches, which is one of the worst run of form during his entire career. The fact that Hernandez is also out with an ankle injury makes the injury to Dimitar Berbatov even more serious for Manchester United. They currently need a draw from the match against FC Basel in order to have a chance of going into the last 16 after Champions League.
As a result of the injuries, Sir Alex Ferguson only has two fit strikers in his squad – Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. Even though Manchester United do not need the ability to score a lot of goals in this match, they at least need to score some in the eventuality that they concede against FC Basel. Manchester United managed to drop two points against FC Basel in the home fixture after drawing the match 3-3.