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The former Old Trafford favorite believes his former club can compete with Liverpool and Tottenham for the top flight trophy this season.
Dimitar Berbatov has expressed his belief that Manchester United are a dark horse for the Premier League title this season.
United have recovered from a slow start to the 2020-21 campaign to climb to seventh place in the top flight standings, eight points behind current leaders Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can advance into second place if they win both of their games in hand, with a tough Pennines derby against Leeds United next Sunday at Old Trafford.
Despite their solid table position, the Red Devils have faced criticism for their erratic performances and an unconvincing 3-2 win at Sheffield United last week did little to silence their skeptics.
The Manchester side have had to come back to win their six away games so far this season, while at home they have only collected five points out of 18 possible.
Berbatov believes United have a great opportunity to go unnoticed and snatch the Premier League trophy, but has admitted that they will first have to eliminate the mistakes that have led them to lead the opposition in recent months.
“Everyone associated with the club is of course disappointed to have been eliminated from the Champions League, but that is a thing of the past and right now things are going well for United in the Premier League,” said the former striker of the red devils Betfair.
“If they win their other game in hand, they will move even higher up the table and in my opinion they are in an excellent position to attack to the top and go for the title. They are lurking in the shadows right now. People are not really paying attention to them and they are not considering them as title challengers.
“All the focus is on Liverpool and Spurs, but maybe there will be some surprises along the way and United will fight for that first place because it is a close race this year.
“They need to correct this habit of conceding a goal first because when they are up against a really good team, it’s going to be difficult to turn the game around.”
“United are doing very well so far in the league and I think they can be happy with how they have done so far. The big advantage is their hand play against Burnley. No offense to the Clarets, but United should be there. taking three points there, which would be huge. “
Berbatov wasn’t overly concerned about United’s defensive failures against Sheffield United, given the fact that they were able to separate the Blades at will on the other end of the field with Marcus Rashford leading the assault scoring a double.
“The goals they scored were great,” he added. “Rashford’s first one was incredible, the passing, the touch and the shot were perfect. I saw that goal over and over again. It was pure football fantasy, it was beautiful.
“It was a great touch because he didn’t lose his stride, he didn’t hit too much, everything was perfect. He put so much power into the shot because of the way he dropped the ball and controlled it, it was great to watch.
“His second showed how good United can be on counterattack, with their speed and how they come together. Overall, I think everyone can be quite happy with the game.”