Berbatov believes the Manchester United dressing room still supports Solskjaer.

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Defeats to Tottenham, Arsenal, and Istanbul Basaksehir increased speculation over Solskjaer's future at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United speaking with Victor Lindelof after win at Goodison Park [Getty]
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United speaking with Victor Lindelof after win at Goodison Park [Getty]

Ex-Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov has banished reports suggesting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't have the backing of the Manchester United squad, saying that "the players believe" in the Norwegian.


United have had a below-par start to the 2020-21 season, registering three wins, three losses, and one draw in the Premier League.


The Red Devils' 6-1 loss to Tottenham in October and back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir led to various tabloids claiming the United boss was going to be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino at the Old Trafford helm.


However, former United star Berbatov said he doesn't believe the players are not behind their manager, but warned Solskjaer that his side's displays must get better.


"It's like United need to be under pressure to produce a winning performance," Berbatov told Betfair.


"But there's only so long you can operate like that - they won't produce the win every time the pressure is piled on.


"In the end, it isn't going to finish well if they continue being so inconsistent. The team needs to find consistency and produce good football game after game.


"I still think the players believe in Solskjaer and they like him. I think he has their trust and they have his.


"There's something that just isn't working right in games when they are losing. The problem for me is, sometimes when they don't have the ball they have a lack of mobility to chase and get the ball back.


"Overall, though, I believe they're still playing for the manager and they all like each other. But sometimes that's not enough and to be 14th in the table isn't good for United.


"I hope in their next game - against West Brom in the Premier League - we won't see another dip in form. If that happens then we'll be talking about the same thing again.


"This season is different, there are a lot of games in a short space of time. Matches in the Premier League, in Europe and then all of a sudden international breaks, but this cannot be used as an excuse.


"United have faced fixture congestion for many years, during my time and even before my time. United are used to playing in the Premier League, Europe and in the cups - we used to win them all as well.


"There can be no excuses, the situation is the same for everyone else, the performances are just not consistent enough.


"They need to improve sooner rather than later because other teams will get a head of them and they could become a real embarrassment."



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