Dimitar Berbatov insists that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must fix Manchester United’s concentration issues if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Michael Obafemi’s last minute equaliser meant United missed the chance to jump to third as they drew 2-2 with Southampton on Monday.
United remain level on points with fourth-placed Leicester and four points behind Chelsea, and must win their remaining games to be sure of a place in the top-four.
And Berbatov thinks the United players’ lack of focus cost them dearly against Southampton.
“I was part of a United team that scored so many late goals and I also played against United teams that did that,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“If you ask any player, they will say it hurts when you concede so late. Especially, when you are chasing a title, a cup or top four. I think those players will be hurting after that match.
“I am still convinced that United will finish in the top four but I cannot state it enough: they need to improve their concentration.
“They need to be 100% switched on in every game, they can’t afford to concede early goals, they don’t want to be chasing games. This is Manchester United and it should be the opposition chasing them.
“When you go ahead, teams have to open up, that creates more space for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to use their speed and terrorise defenders.
“The chances are still there for them, Chelsea and Leicester have had a few slips recently, so I am still confident that United will finish in the top four.”
Berbatov also explained how United’s staff will be feeling after seeing such a big opportunity pass them by.
“United’s draw against Southampton was disappointing,” he added. “I’m sure United’s staff and players were unhappy about missing the opportunity to go third, especially as it was their concentration which let them down.
“Winning the match would have made their jobs easier and put pressure on the teams around them.
“A top-four finish is still there for the taking. It is a positive that they didn’t lose against Saints and hopefully that point will prove critical come the end of the season.
“Killing teams off has always been the United way. Against Southampton Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players did all they could to kill the game off but their opponents played good football, they pressed the ball and tried to keep it, so they deserve a lot of credit.
“Killing off the opposition and scoring plenty of goals must be on the agenda for United every game, and to do that they need concentration and consistency.”
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