Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United team-mate Dimitar Berbatov has changed his game this season to become more of a goal threat.
Berbatov has struggled to win over his critics since joining United from Tottenham two years ago, but has enjoyed an impressive start to the season.
A decisive hat-trick in Sunday's 3-2 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool took the Bulgarian's tally to six goals in five Premier League appearances.
New United skipper Vidic says the players never doubted Berbatov's ability and has outlined why he thinks the 29-year-old is becoming more potent in front of goal.
"We are all aware how good Dimitar is," said Vidic. "His skills with the ball are incredible.
"The criticism he got last year was because he didn't score many goals.
"This season he is scoring a lot, and important goals too."
Vidic added: "He has learned what he has to do. He has changed his game compared to last season. He is in the box more and is more of a threat.
"Dimitar has always had a great touch and gave us composure, but because he is also going into the box, he is scoring goals.
"That is why he is getting so much credit.
"If he keeps doing that we have a good chance to win the league and for him to gain some personal reward by becoming player of the year."
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