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Dimitar Berbatov on Old Trafford memories and Man United hopes Ten Hag


An interview with Dimitar Berbatov, by Callum McFadden for Wireless.


Erik ten Hag will be manager of Manchester United next season. What do you expect from him?

“We’ll have to wait and see. I want to be optimistic about United and say they will bring about the change needed at this time.

“I would love to see Manchester United challenge for the Premier League title again because that’s where the club belongs.

“However, it will not be a silver bullet. The new manager will need more time to buy new players and get used to what it’s like to be at Manchester United.

“He will have time but ultimately he will be judged on his ability to win the Premier League title. Winning the big competitions is how success is judged at this club.


You had a lot of success against Liverpool during your playing career at Manchester United. Can you tell me about the hat-trick you scored against them at Old Trafford in 2010?

“It was also great to score against them in the legends game today despite the score at the end. It was like stepping back in time.

“When you retire it’s great to play these kind of games against this kind of opposition because it doesn’t happen every day.

“Thinking back to the game you mention, it was a great game for me. To score a hat-trick, including an overhead kick in front of the Stretford End, was a great feeling for me and the fans of Manchester United.


Would you say it’s the best goal you’ve scored in your career?

“Good question. Probably, it would be up there. In my first three goals, of course.

“I always loved playing against Liverpool in my career and even today it brought back so many memories.

“Finally, Dimitar, after a difficult season for Manchester United, how excited are you for the team to get a fresh start next season?

“I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully next season can be the start of a positive change that is coming for the football club.

“It will require new players and Erik will already look into that. I’m really curious to see how he sets up the team, what system he chooses to play with and what style he wants to play.

“Let’s hope he can bring the title back to Old Trafford during his time here.”


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