Berbatov: I let United down

Dimitar Berbatov acknowledged he 'let his team down' by missing a penalty in Manchester United's penalty shootout defeat by Everton.

United's bid for a famous Quintuple was ended at Wembley on Sunday after Everton prevailed 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup semi-final.

Tim Cahill missed the opening spot-kick for the Toffees before Berbatov saw his tame effort saved by former United keeper Tim Howard.

Rio Ferdinand's penalty was also kept out by Howard before Phil Jagielka converted the decisive spot-kick to set up a final date with Chelsea.

Berbatov, who came on as a substitute at the start of extra-time, outlined the thinking behind his seemingly lackadaiscal penalty.

"I was looking for the goalkeeper and in the last moment he took the angle I was going for, so he saved it," Berbatov told Sky Sports News.

The Premier League leaders now face Portsmouth on Wednesday and Berbatov is trying to look forward after his penalty miss.

The Bulgarian added: "We have a game on Wednesday, which is very important with Portsmouth.

"Of course, this loss is going to hurt us, but it's all behind us and we are going to concentrate on the Champions League and the Premier League."

He continued: "It's always difficult when you lose, especially when you miss a penalty and you let your team down.

"But that's why we're professionals and we must go on."

Source: Team Talk
Date Published: 19 April 2009