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Man Utd top four finish ‘by no means guaranteed’ after tricky spell of form, claims ex-striker Dimitar Berbatov


MANCHESTER UNITED favourite Dimitar Berbatov believes his former club need to guard against complacency in the top four race.

With neighbours Man City running away with the title, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are turning their focus to Champions League qualification.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face a crucial clash with Chelsea on Sunday

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face a crucial clash with Chelsea on SundayCredit: Rex Features

The Red Devils currently sit second, six points adrift of fifth place Chelsea but have won just three of their last eight league matches including a shock home defeat to rock-bottom Sheffield United.

United meet Thomas Tuchel’s Blues this weekend and Berbatov believes it could prove a pivotal game for a top-four finish.

The Betfair ambassador said: “United need to be careful and focused when they go to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, because if they lose the Blues will be within three points of them in the table.

“A six point gap is nothing in the Premier League so a top four finish is by no means guaranteed for Manchester United, especially as they have dropped points recently.

“Hopefully they will become more consistent again and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

“The Red Devils need to prepare well and either win or draw the game, otherwise the gap is getting smaller.

“It is a big game for both teams and it is different when you play a team like Chelsea.

“It is about having concentration in that specific 90 minutes so you win the game no matter what.

Dimitar Berbatov believes Man United need to guard against complacency

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Dimitar Berbatov believes Man United need to guard against complacencyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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“I hope United win because it will be a great way of saying to Chelsea that we are still better than you.

“However, every game is different so you never know how these games will play out. Chelsea are in good form at the moment under Tuchel.

“United are usually very concentrated and motivated against big teams like Chelsea. The concentration factor will be the most important.”

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