Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov: Win over Chelsea showed United players back Ten Hag

Betfair ambassador and ex-Man Utd star Dimitar Berbatov
Berba wants United to build on their win over Chelsea

Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov praises Erik ten Hag's tactics in Manchester United win over Chelsea, offers words of encouragement to Rasmus Hojlund and talks Premier League title race...

  • Red Devils showed unity in win over Chelsea

  • Goals will come for Rasmus Hojlund

  • Premier League title race could be one of best ever

Everyone Manchester United fan should be pleased following the win over Chelsea. United needed the points. The game was ok, United and Chelsea both had good chances but, in the end, that win was exactly what United needed.

United ignored any negative reports and played together as a unit against Chelsea and they proved that they are behind the manager.

Of course, we will be talking about bad performances and results in the future, because that's football, but that doesn't mean the players aren't behind the manager.

Tensions are obviously there when the team isn't playing well and the manager will take charge and raise his voice. That's normal stuff.

United showed against Chelsea that they are together and can get out of this run of bad performances. They weren't only playing for the manager, they were also playing for themselves.

If you play to the best of your ability, it creates a chain reaction and your teammates play well too. Before all this, it's the job of the manager to make the players believe, make them angry, manipulate them in some way and just show them that, when backs are against the wall, the only way to push is forward.

Ten Hag's decisions paid off

Ten Hag made the decision to drop Rashford and Martial. The scoreline would tell you that it did pay off. The fact that the team were running, showing hunger and pressing to get the ball tells you that it paid off too. In general, dropping Rashford was the right decision by Ten Hag.

We all know that sometimes the effort isn't there with some of the players and this is also true for the team. People have criticised Marcus for the season he's having - the same goes for Martial. It all comes down to consistency and eventually the manager will take the necessary steps.


We know Ten Hag loves his discipline. Of course, he'll give you a chance to prove yourself but at one point he will bench you, as we saw with Marcus on Wednesday.

Inconsistency makes me angry

Inconsistency is always frustrating. It was the same when I was playing. Sometimes we'd have great games followed by two or three s**t games. Of course back in the day, those performances weren't as regular as they are now.

When I watch the games now, I get p****d off and angry. I understand because I've been there and I know what can happen. It's easier said than done, but United need to make sure they don't wait until their backs are against the wall.

When the press are on top of you and rumours are flying, you have to rally together. Games like this against Chelsea happen when you want to show that you're playing for each other.

United may be s**t in their next game but they need more performances like the one against Chelsea. They're only three points behind Man City. Football is a crazy game.

I loved seeing Aston Villa beat Man City. I want to see a 10-horse title race, not a four-horse race.

Goals will come for Rasmus Hojlund

There are no magic words or wisdom I can give Rasmus Hojlund as he struggles to score goals. He's putting in the effort and making the runs. He's trying to get the goal and eventually he will. Not scoring in the Premier League yet will be playing on his mind.

I would advise Rasmus not to think about it too much. I know it's very difficult but just try to eliminate it from your thoughts and concentrate on the good things that you're doing and the effort you're putting in. The goal will come.

Rasmus needs to be smart on the pitch. If he tries to overcomplicate things, that will be in the way of just scoring a goal. Some fans will be impatient, but most of them will appreciate the work you're putting in.

When you are failing to score, it's not easy to put it out of your mind. For me, it was always difficult when I wasn't scoring goals. I started to doubt myself and every time I stepped on the pitch I wondered if I was going to score.

Even if you try to imagine yourself scoring, the negative thoughts will creep in and you'll be thinking that if you don't score, it's not good.

Sometimes when you focus on the other parts of your game, you're not in the right position to actually score goals when the ball is in the box because you're tired after doing everything else. That's why I say that you need to work smart, not hard.

It's very hard because if you don't score in a game and you also don't do any of the other stuff, the fans will say you're doing nothing and they'll say you're lazy. That's why some players compensate by chasing the ball and doing the hard yards because at least that will make the fans clap and appreciate your effort.

Eventually, as time goes on and you still haven't scored, it doesn't matter what you do and you will only be judge by your goals. For strikers they are the most important thing.

The title race is hotting up and it's great to see

The title race is very open and interesting. That's why I said I want to see games like Aston Villa beating Man City and games where you don't know what will happen.

It's great to see so many teams involved in the title race. It's still early days, but it's good to see Villa continuing to push forward. It's also good to see Arsenal continue to play well under Mikel Arteta at the top of the table.

Liverpool aren't going under the radar, but they're steady. Everyone probably still thinks Man City will win the title again but let's wait and see. Man United are only three points behind them and stranger things have happened.

If you're asking me right now who will be the Premier League champions this season, I couldn't tell you.

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