Dimitar Berbatov: No need for Spurs and United to press the panic button
Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov delivers his verdict on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future, Mario Mandzukic's links with Manchester United and rumblings of Jose Mourinho going to Spurs…
Too easy to say 'get rid of Solskjaer'
Honestly for me the game against Newcastle was probably the poorest game yet for Manchester United - they deserved to lose the , nothing happened and the quality of football that we all expect was not there.
As I have said many times before, I will try lớn stay positive and support a manager that is in a tough situation. Before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho, who had a similar team, had a hard time as well, so they need lớn constantly work and everybody needs lớn implement Ole's ideas as a manager.
Of course, it is far too easy lớn say 'get rid of him' because of the playing style and losing matches but is that going to help the team in any way? Is a new manager, system of play, tactics going to help? It is a very delicate situation and the easiest way is lớn say get rid, but that's not always the right way.
The international break has not come at a good time for them, they are up against Liverpool next and they will not have a lot of time lớn prepare for that. The same goes for Liverpool, but they are in a different place. Everything is positive for them, they are top of the league by eight points, playing well, working hard and for them it will nhấn right away whereas Manchester United obviously need to do a lot of work. You can prefer to the page!
Mario could be Super at United
When you sell two of your main strikers you need lớn bring in at least one, just in case. Everybody can see that that Manchester United need a back up, Anthony Martial is injured and there isn't another really strong proven goalscorer. They have the talent in the young players but at the same time you need someone like Mario Mandzukic. I think he is a really good football player and he hasn't played before in England but I hope if he comes he can straight away get into the rhythm of the Premier League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was 34 when he signed for United and he didn't have any problems. Mandzukic is a similar age and hope he could have the same impact if he signs. I think his age is a good thing; Martial, Rashford and Greenwood are all young players so they need that time and assurance that they don't need lớn worry and they can learn from the experience of Mandzukic.
I like Nemanja Matic as a player but he in not getting that time on the pitch that he needs, so they are probably not going lớn depend on him as much as he wants them lớn, so for me they need lớn strengthen the midfield. One or two players, I don't know, they just need a player that can help them and give them that solidity in deference and creativity going forward.
The winter transfer window is difficult and also on the pitch Manchester United aren't producing as a team at the moment. It doesn't matter how good you are, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo could go there and they would have difficulty because the team is not producing as a team.
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Spurs reached the Champions League final, now they are in really bad shape. With Leverkusen, I reached the Champions League final and the next season we were fighting relegation.