Dimitar Berbatov insists Manchester United situation has become ‘painful’ following their poor start


Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that Manchester United’s situation has become ‘painful’ to witness following a string of poor performances in the league and in Europe.

The former United and Tottenham striker was also uncertain whether Jose Mourinho will keep his job at Old Trafford as he believes that his players have been ‘over-complicating matters’ on the pitch.

United were held to a drab goalless stalemate by Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday evening which came off the back off a defeat in the Premier League and League Cup, but Berbatov believes everyone at the club is doing everything to resolve the ‘small crisis’.

‘I am not at Old Trafford any more, I am not at the training ground, I don’t speak with the manager or the players, but looking from the outside, it’s not good to see how they’re performing right now,’ Berbatov told Betfair. ‘As a former player it’s painful because you want your team to win all the time.

‘But as I said before it’s not easy to be a manager these days dealing with all these players, all these egos, because big players have big power these days.

‘I’m sure everyone at the club is doing everything they can to resolve this small crisis they are in. I still cannot imagine any Manchester United player not putting his all in to turn it around. Players want to enjoy their football and talk up their performances.’

While the former Bulgaria international feels that the United players are giving their all on the pitch, he does believe that certain players are taking too many touches and over-complicating matters when on the ball. 

‘On the pitch I honestly think they want it so bad that they’re trying too hard and it’s not coming naturally,’ he added. ‘You could see the way they were running around against Valencia chasing and fighting to show how much they care. 

‘But too many players were over-complicating matters, taking too many touches. It will come eventually but until that moment arrives I think United must keep it simple and let it come to them.

‘Will United sack Mourinho? I don’t know but I honestly don’t think changing managers all the time is the solution.’


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