Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given his full backing to Dimitar Berbatov, a player he believes is a class act.
The Bulgarian striker has struggled to live up to expectations since joining the Red Devils in a big-money move from Tottenham in 2008.
He was tipped to make the same kind of impression at Old Trafford as the legendary Eric Cantona, with his nonchalant style easily comparable to that of the Frenchman.
Berbatov is yet to justify such lofty billing, scoring only 26 goals in 86 appearances, and has drawn criticism from certain sections of the United support for an apparent lack of effort.
Ferguson, though, is adamant that the languid frontman will silence his detractors, with a star showing in Friday's 3-1 victory over Celtic likely to have done his confidence no harm.
The Scot is keen to stress that he has complete faith in the 29-year-old, with reports on Sunday again claiming that United could be prepared to sacrifice Berbatov in their efforts to land Bayern Munich full-back Philipp Lahm.
Ferguson said: "Berbatov got man of the match and I think he deserved that, no question. His performance was excellent.
"In the second half he produced some fantastic moments. It underlines the one great factor - the class he has.
"You cannot take that away from him, no matter the criticism.
"It doesn't come from our camp. When we see a performance like that we know we have the right player."