Dimitar Berbatov has a message for Mauricio Pochettino about taking the Manchester United job


Ole Gunnar Solskjear has a daunting task on his hands after being appointed as interim manager of Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

The Norwegian striker - who scored 126 goals during his 11 years as a player at Old Trafford - will be aiming to close the 11-point gap between the Red Devils and the top four.

His first assignment will be a trip to face a club he managed for nine months during 2014 - Cardiff City.

It’s the first of what should be a relatively smooth transition into the new job for Solskjear, with four of United’s next five Premier League opponents currently occupying the bottom half of the table.

That being said, Jose Mourinho has left the club in sixth position after 17 matches, taking only 26 points from a possible 51.

With that in mind, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t envy the challenge Solskjaer has been presented with.

“For United, a top-four finish under Solskjaer is going to be difficult - though not impossible,” the Bulgarian told Betfair, per the Daily Mail.

“If he achieves it he'll surely get to manage the club beyond this season.

“Catching up with Chelsea would be phenomenal and would show the board that they have a guy who can transform the team and harness the talent at Old Trafford.”


Berbatov clearly feels Solskjaer has the potential to be a long-term successor to Mourinho, namely due to his largely impressive record with Molde.

“There are only a few 'chosen ones' who start off at big clubs,” he said.

“Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane both had lesser roles at Barcelona and Real Madrid before taking the reins to great success - but Ole earned this opportunity through his good work in Norway and coaching at United.”

Commenting on reports of United only having eyes for Mauricio Pochettino as the man to steer the ship next season, Berbatov can see why the opportunity would attract the Tottenham boss.

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“I switched from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford and it's the same for a manager as a player,” he added.

“You ask yourself: 'Am I going to miss my chance? Am I going to pass on my big break?’

“But if you look around realistically at the moment, it's a funny situation as Spurs are 13 points clear of United in the table and in a better position than their rivals up north.

“For me, I want Solskjaer to stay at United and Pochettino to stay at Spurs. They are young and in a good place right now.”

It’s difficult to fault his logic, really.

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