Man United legend Dimitar Berbatov insists the Premier League title race ‘is NOT finished yet’
Manchester United may be far off the pace of rivals Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table, but that hasn’t stopped club legend Dimitar Berbatov from weighing in on the title race debate.
Heading into the final top-flight game of the season on Sunday afternoon, City look poised to win their fourth Premier League title in five years, but the former Red Devil insisted he is not done with the Red Devils just yet. Jurgen Klopp’s men hot on their heels.
Liverpool had apparently squandered their chances when they drew 2-2 against Tottenham at Anfield earlier in the month, but City lost points the following week when West Ham held them to a deadlock.
Dimitar Berbatov said the title race between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool (left) and Pep Guardiola’s Man City (right) “is not over” ahead of the final Premier League game.
The former striker insisted everything is on the line, despite City having an advantage over the Reds.
With Pep Guardiola’s side just one point clear of the Reds, Betfair Ambassador Berbatov insisted that there is still everything to play for on the last day of the season.
“I think anything is possible when it comes to big games and the Premier League,” he said. sports mail. “It was a huge boost for City that Liverpool dropped points. But nothing is finished yet.
If anyone can stop them, it’s Liverpool. Even though you are Man City, the opposition always play against you 100 per cent and it is up to them now, when they have that advantage, to keep it and not lose points.
“But at the same time we have witnessed some big surprises in the Premier League. All teams can lose points, even if you are City or Liverpool. Does not matter. So it’s not finished yet.
The reigning Premier League champions are poised to win their fourth title in five years.
The United hero (pictured playing in a Legends match against Liverpool) insisted that any team can drop points
With the title race drawing to a close as it reaches a dramatic and exciting climax, the Premier League has not disappointed fans with the level of entertainment.
And, when asked if it was the best top-flight title race to date, Berbatov said he was “up there”.
He said: ‘It’s the Premier League, you have great teams, the drama, you have everything you want to have in football.
And for sure we will have many more in the Premier League. Let’s enjoy this journey between these two teams.’
Berbatov claimed that if any team can stop City in their tracks, it would be Klopp’s Reds.
Meanwhile, in a long slide down the table, Berbatov’s old team United are 31 points off the pace set by City and Liverpool, a long way from the contenders.
The Red Devils travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday in search of a win to stay above West Ham and clinch Europa League football in sixth place.
Berbatov admitted that United’s absence from the top of the table is disappointing, but admitted the quality of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s teams is unrivaled.
“Obviously my team is not there,” he said. “So it’s a shame for me, but City and Liverpool are playing such good football that they deserve to be where they are.”
Berbatov’s old team United are 31 points off the pace set by leaders City and Liverpool.
He admitted it was a ‘pity’ not to see his former team match the quality of their rivals.
United’s final game of the season will also be the last game in charge of caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, with Erik ten Hag set to take over at the end of the campaign.
The Dutchman has already met with his United assistants, Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag, and the new manager will be in the stands at Selhurst Park on Sunday ahead of the expected mass exit.
Berbatov insisted that Ten Hag will already be compiling a list of players who will be shown the door.
He also said that Ten Hag will be looking at possible transfer targets, but stated that the new manager will not go after “the best players” in the world.
New Man United boss Erik ten Hag has been photographed in London to start his new era
He said: ‘Ten Hag for sure is now working on what players he needs, what player he doesn’t need, what players can be sold, what players will come.
“You need to find the right players, and I mean the right players, not the best players, for the way you want to play football.”
“I’m curious to see exactly what Ten Hag’s ideas are, but judging from the way he works with Ajax, he has a great reputation and hopefully he knows who the right players are for his system so he can bring that success back to United.” . .’
The Dutchman won his third Eredivise title in charge of Ajax this season before his departure.
However, Berbatov insisted that the Old Trafford faithful may have to wait a little longer for that success to return to Manchester’s red side.
“Honestly, I hope it can be in the first season that they win the Premier League title, but it will probably take more than that,” he admitted.
The former striker insisted that for United to return to contention a massive clean-up of the club was necessary.
“I remember Ralf Rangnick saying that some players will go, others will come in.
This is football, this is normal and football can be cruel. In my opinion, this change must happen.
Sunday’s final day matchup will also be the last game in charge of interim coach Ralf Rangnick.
‘They need to bring in new players who can be full of new energy and knowing that this is what the new manager wants from us.
And believe me, it will be easier for everyone connected with the club to produce good football.
“Of course there are players in the team who deserve to spend more time with United and they have shown that for sure over the years.”
All the players on the team are talented, but one way or another, some of them weren’t able to produce and display that talent 100 percent.
“It’s better for some of these players to find a new challenge, a new adventure and have another player come in and start from scratch.”
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