The moody Bulgarian has had his fair share of criticism since his big-money move from Spurs last summer, but on occasions the striker has shown glimpses of brilliance.
The 28-year-old has spoken of his determination to improve his all-round game this time around and surpass the 14 goals he grabbed last season in 36 starts.
"I think I can do better," he told MUTV. "I think I can do more. That's why I am happy to be here on the pre-season tour.
"It is always beneficial to start well and have a good pre-season and I feel I am training well at the moment.
"I am here to score goals and I hope to score more and more for United this season."
With Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo gone the £30million man should in theory have more of a look in this season, but it might not work out that way.
Sir Alex has drafted in Michael Owen, who has already shown that his goalscoring prowess has not deserted him, and the boss is also expected to use Wayne Rooney in a central role rather than sticking him out on the left wing.
Fergie has also revealed how highly he rates Federico Macheda and looks all set to give the youngster more than a bit-part role this campaign.
All that could lead to Berbatov, who is the only one of that quartet who has yet to score on United’s Asian tour, left warming the bench again.
He’s certainly not a cert to start the first game against Birmingham on August 16.
In fact it will be interesting who Ferguson selects for the opening game with Rooney almost certain to get the nod as one of the strikers with United switching to a more conventional 4-4-2 formation.