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Berbatov: Even Messi & Ronaldo would struggle at Man United

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Dimitar Berbatov believes the situation at Manchester United is so hopeless that even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would struggle.

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Berbatov’s old club United having suffered their worst start to a league season in 30 years. It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that the Bulgarian believes it’s beyond even Messi or Ronaldo.

The Red Devils currently languish down in 12th-place in the Premier League standings, and just two points above the relegation zone. They also boast one of the league’s worst scoring records on just nine goals in eight games.

It’s put manager Ole Gunnar Solskjear in the firing line for offloading Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez with no replacements lined up.

Although Berbatov suggests attracting top-talent may prove difficult as United aren’t exactly an attractive option anymore.

“The winter transfer window is going to be difficult,” the former striker told Betfair.

“On the pitch Manchester United aren’t producing as a team at the moment. It doesn’t matter how good you are, Messi or Ronaldo could go there and they would have difficulty because the team is not producing.”

Despite a failed summer bid, however, Berbatov urged United to make another move for Mario Mandzukic in January.

The 33-year-old has fallen out of favour at Juventus, and was in talks for a move to an unnamed Qatari team last month.

Berbatov added: “When you sell two of your main strikers you need to bring in at least one, just in case.

“Everybody can see that that Manchester United need a backup, (Anthony) Martial is injured and there isn’t another really strong proven goalscorer. They have the talent in the young players but at the same time you need someone like Mandzukic.”

“I think he is a really good football player and he hasn’t played before in England but I hope if he comes he can straight away get into the rhythm of the Premier League.”

Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 149 appearances for United, reckons Mandzukic’s age will be more of a benefit than a drawback for Solskjear’s young squad.

Berbatov even compared the Croatian to former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic who had a barnstorming season at Old Trafford in the 2016/17 Premier League season.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic was 34 years old when he signed for United and he didn’t have any problems. Mandzukic is a similar age and I hope he could have the same impact if he signs.

“I think his age is a good thing, Martial, (Marcus) Rashford and (Mason) Greenwood are all young players so they need that time and assurance that they don’t need to worry and they can learn from the experience of Mandzukic.”

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TURIN, ITALY – MAY 19: Mario Mandzukic of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and Atalanta BC on May 19, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)