Berbatov thinks Man United need the ‘biggest rebuild in European football’

Ben Stewart
Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov thinks that Manchester United have a huge rebuilding task ahead of them this summer.

After months of speculation, Erik ten Hag was recently announced as the new Manchester United manager and Berbatov thinks he’s walking into a tough job.

“He’s got a massive job on his hands and we’re looking at a rebuild, and probably the biggest rebuild in European football,” Berbatov told Betfair.

After suffering back-to-back defeats, Man United are now sixth in the table and six points away from a Champions League spot.

Erik ten Hag currently has Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie and Berbatov thinks Man United need to be patient with him next season.

“I hope that the club will give Ten Hag the time he needs, we can not judge him on next season, that will be too harsh and we cannot expect a miracle when the team has been in a poor position for so long now.

“It will be a miracle if things happen straight away next season. For me, United have to win the Premier League again, that is what will be considered a success for Ten Hag. That is the standard that United have to chase.”

Several players are out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season, including the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard.

With the way this season has unfolded for Man United, Berbatov doesn’t think that anybody has a guaranteed place in the squad next season.

“Most of the players at United should be worried about a potential rebuild, this season hasn’t gone well and everybody will be asking questions about their future.

“It’s a difficult process, and he has to make the smart choices, we have already witnessed in the past that when you buy a player for the sake of buying a player it doesn’t work out. You have to be smart in the transfer window.

“New players will come in and if that is to be the case then Ten Hag needs to know exactly which players he needs to bring in to play his way.”