Dimitar Berbatov is worried that Barcelona and Lionel Messi will “punish” Manchester United when they meet in their Champions League quarter-final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised the club since coming in as manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
However, after only one win in their last four matches – which came against Watford over the weekend – former United striker Berbatov thinks Solskjaer’s side could be made to suffer when they face Barca in the first leg on Wednesday.
“I’m concerned by United’s poor form and, if they continue to make mistakes like they have been doing recently, then, let’s face it, they’re going to be punished by Barcelona,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“They are making their lives difficult at the moment and it’s looking tough to make the top four in the Premier League now.
“United went on that incredible undefeated run when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and this is their first bad patch.
“You know, when you’re winning everything feels natural and good but an important thing is knowing how to react to a defeat. I’m sure Ole knows what to do here and he will have his side fired up and ready for Barca.
“In football sometimes you have that strange thing where a club can falter against small teams but turn it on against big teams. It’s crucial to get motivated for every game, not just the big ones.
“Sir Alex Ferguson sometimes didn’t need to motivate us for the big games, his job and real skill was to motivate us for the small games.
“I admit, Barcelona are the rightful favourites in the tie, but, of course, so were PSG, and nothing is certain in football.
“United can forget their recent form and make a statement here, but – and it’s nothing new or original – they must watch out for that man Messi.”