Berbatov was left on the bench for Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Benfica and has made just one appearance this season, coming on as a second-half substitute in United's opening Barclays Premier League match at West Bromwich Albion. Wednesday's Champions League encounter at the Stadium of Light seemed like the perfect opportunity for Berbatov to return, especially as Anders Lindegaard, Antonio Valencia and Darren Fletcher all made their first appearances of the season. Instead, the £30.75m Bulgarian, who shared the Golden Boot prize with Carlos Tevez last season, remained where he was as Ferguson went with Wayne Rooney as a lone striker before introducing Javier Hernandez later on. "It is hard because of the number of strikers we have," Ferguson said. "Michael Owen is there, Federico Macheda, Mame Biram Diouf. Danny Welbeck won't be back next week but probably the week after. It is not easy. "Dimitar has been training terrific. His attitude is spot on. He will get his game time as the season wears on. There is no question about that." IMPRESSIVE STRIKE After all the talk of youngsters at Old Trafford in recent weeks, United needed an intervention from old stager Ryan Giggs to grab a point. Trailing to Oscar Cardozo's impressive strike and outplayed for long periods, United were thankful for Giggs' 27th Champions League goal, 17 years to the day since his first. The Welshman has now scored in 16 seasons of the competition, another record. Ferguson was also thankful for a fine display from Lindegaard, even if regular goalkeeper David de Gea is already assured of his spot for Sunday's showdown with Chelsea. "We have two great goalkeepers," Ferguson said on Wednesday. "We were always going to share it and David will play on Sunday against Chelsea and possibly Anders will play at Leeds next Tuesday, depending upon how we see the situation with Ben Amos, who needs some game time also. "There are opportunities to spread the load. The English league is so frenetic. Coming into that, as a young goalkeeper, there will be times when we can give him (De Gea) a break. "Tonight was a good moment because he had a fantastic game on Saturday."