The Netherlands striker has undergonea medical and, providing he beats the 12 noon registration deadline on Friday (local time) will go straight into the United squad for its Premier League trip to Everton.
In addition to sending out a significant message to champion Manchester City, whose manager
Quite apart from the potentially mouthwatering partnership of
It reminds Ferguson so much of that 1998-1999 season, when
"In 1999 I had
"We are going towards that now."
In addition, Ferguson also has another new boy,
"It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations," he said.
PFA and FWA player of the year last term thanks to an astonishing 37-goal haul, at 29,
After a three-year period when so many big-name stars have been attracted by the lure of life at Manchester City, it is a statement of intent by the 19-times champion.
And even though the contract is still to be signed, Ferguson could not disguise his delight.
"He has not signed yet," said the Scot.
"We hope everything gets tied up as we hope and I am sure he will be available on Monday.
"It is great to have a player of
Even one of the players whose place is threatened expressed his delight, with Welbeck keen to welcome
"It is a massive boost to the club if
"I am really looking forward to playing with him."
The transfer does not come without risks.
The difficulties Berbatov has had at United, where he will surely now leave, are proof that not every Ferguson signing is a success and there will be some fans who wonder at the purchase given the perceived weaknesses that still exists in midfield.
However, without question, it has restored a sense of pride to Old Trafford, as the Red Devils get ready to try and rip the championship back from City's grasp.
"Last season was disappointing for us because we didn't win the league," said veteran defender
"Now it is about how we come back. We have shown in the past the mentality of the club and its history is that we always come back stronger.
"We want to give the fans what they expect and be battling at the top of the league.
"The gauntlet has been thrown down time and time again. It is up to us to pull in the right direction.
"We have to step up to the plate and produce. I am sure we will."
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