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Dimitar Berbatov rates Manchester United’s Premier League and Champions League title chances


Dimitar Berbatov has rated Man Utd’s Premier League and Champions League chances (Picture: Getty)

Dimitar Berbatov says it is still ‘too early’ for Manchester United to win the Premier League or Champions League despite their ‘incredible’ victory over RB Leipzig.

Marcus Rashford scored a brilliant second-half hat-trick as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side thrashed Leipzig 5-0 during the week to maintain a perfect start to their European campaign.

Manchester United suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham before the international break but have responded with victories over Newcastle, PSG, Leipzig and a draw against Frank Lampard’s big-spending Chelsea.

Berbatov insists the Red Devils produced a ‘complete’ performance against Leipzig but says it is still ‘too early’ to consider Solskjaer’s side as genuine Premier League or Champions League contenders.

‘Everyone assumed Manchester United would have a tough time against Leipzig, but they were really excellent, a complete performance,’ Berbatov told Betfair.

‘They pressed when they needed to press, attacked the ball well, passed the ball well, and they also showed that the goals are there, it’s just a matter of bringing them out. It was a great night for the team all around.

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‘It’s hard to know why they have been so good in Europe, but less impressive in the Premier League, at times it’s just different in both competitions.

‘Fatigue and motivation play a part, it can be hard to switch back and forth, and a lot of it is just coincidence too.

‘This result at home will do wonders for United’s confidence, as their home record hasn’t been fantastic. Not only have they won at home, they’ve beaten Leipzig 5-0!

‘That is an incredible result. Hopefully this win will change their fortunes going forward.

‘Ole deserves credit for performances like this, it can’t be a situation where good results are the players, the bad results are the manager, that does not work.

‘I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that United all of a sudden can win the Premier League or the Champions League, it is too early and they need to become that word again, consistent.

‘They have lacked this over the last while, if they find that then we can wonder about titles, but they need to win games regularly.’

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