Berbatov still believes in United

Monday 11 April 2022 17:30

Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov believes the current side can still qualify for next season's Champions League - but admits it's imperative for the Reds to sharpen up in his former department, scoring goals.

Ralf Rangnick's side slipped to a costly 1-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend and have only netted one goal in the last three games, Fred's equaliser against Leicester City at Old Trafford.

In addition to the home goalless draw with Watford, this has contributed to the team lying in seventh spot in the table and six points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, despite our recent 3-2 victory over the north Londoners.

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Berbatov, who shared the Golden Boot award with Manchester City's Carlos Tevez in 2010/11, is refusing to write off the Reds' chances of finishing in the top four, ahead of Norwich City's visit to Old Trafford this Saturday.

The Bulgarian icon joined Danny Webber, Wes Brown and The Times journalist Paul Hirst on this week's episode of The Debate, hosted by Stewart Gardner, and produced measured analysis of United's current situation.

"Well, it's been a difficult season, that's for sure," admitted Dimitar.

"That loss against Everton didn't help, at all. The chance is still there, for sure, but Spurs are leading the chase for the top four.

"Until the end of the season, as we have witnessed before in the past, you never know. So I still hope United will pull together and qualify for the top four. I want to watch United in the Champions League, where they belong, and I still think they have a chance to do that."

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Berbatov, who is coming back to Old Trafford next month to play in the Legends of the North game next month, was asked about United's attack.

"When you put it like this, I think it's a bit short of options," he replied. "Cristiano Ronaldo still can score goals and I'm pleased with everything he's doing so far.

"Anthony Elanga is emerging on the scene and he's a great talent. I hope Marcus Rashford can find his footing and get into the form we know he has. He can score goals and terrorise defences.

"I can agree we are not scoring enough goals to win the games. 
I can clearly remember, and Wes [Brown] can back me up here, when winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 down the road was enough to get three points. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen at the the moment and, because of that, we are suffering and losing points where we should win points."