Berbatov: Manchester United 'need to ignore table' in bid to rediscover best form

Dimitri Kondonis

Manchester United must ignore the Premier League table in order to rediscover their best form, according to former striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The Red Devils are struggling after a poor start to the season, with their 14th-place position highlighting the extent of their issues in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

They have failed to replace the iconic manager at the Old Trafford helm and despite an initial burst of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the team are struggling again - with just two wins under their belt from their opening nine matches.

And Berbatov, who helped United lift the top flight title in 2009 and 2011, says it makes him feel ‘like s**t’ to see the current predicament his old side are in.

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The Betfair ambassador said: “We all know where Manchester United are in the table at the moment, and let me tell you, nobody wants to see them there. It makes me feel like s***, it's not good and I don't think anybody wants to look at the table.

“I don't think anybody connected with the club will want to check the table at the moment, when you see a team with the calibre of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and you see where they are in the table it is crazy to think how times have changed.”

The form book is still not ideal reading for Old Trafford fans, with their last win coming five matches ago against Leicester.

One potential silver lining for the Red Devils is their draw against fierce rivals Liverpool last time out - the first points Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped this season.

And they will be hoping to convert that performance into three more points against depleted Premier League new boys Norwich on Sunday - a result which Berbatov insists is a must-win.

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Berbatov added: “The players will know what position they are but I don't advise them to look at it because it isn't going to make them feel good. On the other hand, you could say 'come on boys, look at where we are - do we deserve to be here?'

“Maybe with some of the performances they have produced they deserve to be there and especially if they continue like that, but if they play the way they did like against Liverpool, with aggression and getting in the oppositions' faces, then things will improve.

“I've said it before, but it's not too late to turn things around. OK, don't be looking at first position but fourth isn't far off and there is time to get there but they must continue picking up the points, starting with three this weekend against Norwich.”

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