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Dimitar Berbatov inspired by Manchester United's appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Bulgarian hopes to manage club he once played for after hearing news of Norwegian being hired as caretaker coach

Dimitar Berbatov has been inspired by Manchester United's most recent managerial appointment. Agency
Dimitar Berbatov has been inspired by Manchester United's most recent managerial appointment. Agency

Dimitar Berbatov has targeted becoming a Manchester United manager after watching former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replace Jose Mourinho as caretaker boss on Tuesday.

Solskjaer became a fans' favourite after spending 11 seasons as a player at United and the former Norway international has been tasked with bringing a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford after taking the reins as an interim manager until the end of the season.

The 45 year old retired from football in 2007 with Berbatov joining the club in the following season but, despite never playing alongside each other, the Bulgarian has been inspired by United's most recent managerial appointment.

"It's going to be very interesting watching his progress," Berbatov said in an interview. "Like me, he is an ex-football player for a big club and he has got the break that he needed.

"I am curious because I have been part of Manchester United, and some day I want to be a manager. I'll need that break, too, at some point.

"I am doing my badges now and my ambitions are high. I have been part of the biggest club in the world so I know how people get ambitious when they've been part of something big, so some day why wouldn't I see myself in the Old Trafford dugout?

"I dreamed when I was a kid that I would play for one of the world's biggest teams and it did happen.

"Who knows, one day it might be me in charge at Old Trafford.

"There are only a few 'chosen ones' who start off at big clubs - Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane both had lesser roles at Barcelona and Real Madrid before taking the reins to great success - but Ole has earned this opportunity through his good work in Norway with Molde and coaching at United."

Berbatov also hinted he could venture into club management sooner rather than later, but is ready to bide his time until the right opportunity comes along.

"I'd like to start my managerial career in England," the 37 year old added. "My heart is in the Premier League.

"I can honestly say that when you've played there your heart stays there even if you are physically elsewhere.

"This is my main goal, but you never know you may need to start somewhere small and work your way up.

"As I said, my ambition is big - I am doing my badges, visiting clubs to see how they work, updating my knowledge constantly.

"When the time is right the moment will show itself."

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