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Dimitar Berbatov has discussed Manchester United's struggles
Dimitar Berbatov has discussed Manchester United’s struggles (Pictures: YouTube/Getty)

Dimitar Berbatov has explained why Manchester United are ‘suffering’ this season and rated the club’s top-four chances following their defeat to Everton.

United’s inconsistent form continued on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to relegation-battlers Everton at Goodison Park.

Ralf Rangnick’s side underwhelmed yet again and Anthony Gordon’s first-half goal was enough to separate the sides and clinch an invaluable win for Frank Lampard’s Toffees.

While the result saw Everton climb four points above the relegation zone, it severely damaged United’s hopes of finish fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

With just seven league games remaining, Manchester United find themselves seventh in the Premier League, level on points with West Ham, three behind Arsenal and six below fourth-placed Tottenham.

Asked to assess United’s top-four chances, Berbatov told MUTV: ‘Well, it’s been a difficult season, that’s for sure.

United were beaten by relegation-battlers Everton on Saturday
United were beaten by relegation-battlers Everton on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

‘That loss against Everton didn’t help, at all. The chance is still there, for sure, but Spurs are leading the chase for the top four.

‘Until the end of the season, as we have witnessed before in the past, you never know. So I still hope United will pull together and qualify for the top four.

‘I want to watch United in the Champions League, where they belong, and I still think they have a chance to do that.’

Berbatov admits his former club are ‘suffering’ after they dropped points for a 17th time in 31 league games, claiming Rangnick is ‘a big short of options’ going forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in 32 games for United this season but has found support hard to come by, with Marcus Rashford going through a difficult period, Edinson Cavani struggling with fitness and Anthony Martial joining Sevilla on loan in January.

‘When you put it like this, I think it’s a bit short of options,’ Berbatov added. ‘Cristiano Ronaldo still can score goals and I’m pleased with everything he’s doing so far.

‘Anthony Elanga is emerging on the scene and he’s a great talent. I hope Marcus Rashford can find his footing and get into the form we know he has. He can score goals and terrorise defences.

‘I can agree we are not scoring enough goals to win the games. I can clearly remember, and Wes Brown can back me up here, when winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 down the road was enough to get three points.

‘Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen at the the moment and, because of that, we are suffering and losing points where we should win points.’

Manchester United continue their Premier League campaign next weekend against bottom-placed Norwich City, who secured only their fifth win of the season on Sunday, beating Burnley 2-0.

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