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Dimitar Berbatov praises Manchester United for making title challenge a ‘three-horse race’

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Dimitar Berbatov claims Manchester United have done well to make the 2020-2021 title challenge a ‘three-horse race’.

The former Red Devil believes United were excellent in their 9-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday and insists the additional goal difference will be ‘crucial’ in securing the Premier League title.

Berbatov hopes United will carry their momentum into Saturday’s home match against Everton.

Dimitar Berbatov says Manchester United have made the title challenge a 'three-horse race'

Dimitar Berbatov says Manchester United have made the title challenge a ‘three-horse race’

He believes their 9-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday is 'critical' to their goal difference

He believes their 9-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday is ‘critical’ to their goal difference 

Berbatov believes United can put pressure on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool if they ‘relax’ and beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men on Saturday.  

He told Betfair: ‘Manchester United were excellent in their 9-0 win over Southampton and gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exactly the kind of performance he would have demanded after the draw at Arsenal and defeat to Sheffield United.

‘It also gave United’s goal difference a great boost which, in a title race, can be crucial.

‘I felt sorry for Southampton, who didn’t stand a chance after the early sending off of Alex Jankewitz, and United were able to relax. For them it was simply a matter of how many goals they would score.

The former Red Devil believes United's performance against Southampton was 'excellent'

 The former Red Devil believes United’s performance against Southampton was ‘excellent’

He hopes United will carry their momentum into Saturday's home match against Everton

He hopes United will carry their momentum into Saturday’s home match against Everton 

‘Football can be like that sometimes and watching the match reminded me of the time I hit five at Old Trafford in a 7-1 win over Blackburn.

‘It was good to see Anthony Martial end his drought with a couple of goals. United played well but the important thing is that they carry their momentum into Saturday’s match at home to Everton.’

He then continued: ‘If United beat Everton, they can look forward to watching Sunday’s massive game at Anfield between Liverpool and Man City, knowing they’ve put pressure on both their title rivals.

‘Both two teams are starting to hit top form. I have a feeling City could edge it but, more than anything, I want to see a top of the table clash where both teams go for it and goals are scored at both ends.

‘At the start of the season, everybody expected a two-horse title race between City and Liverpool, but it looks like it’s a three-way race and that shows how far United have come in the last year under Solskjaer.

Berbatov claims a result against Everton will put pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool

 Berbatov claims a result against Everton will put pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

‘He will be hoping for both teams to drop points at Anfield and I’d love to see a 2-2 draw.’

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. 

As it stands, Manchester City leading the Premier League table – sitting three points ahead of Manchester United and seven points ahead of Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are, however, just four points behind United and possess a game in hand.  

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