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Dimitar Berbatov says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at risk if no upturn in Manchester United’s results

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to be under pressure if Manchester United‘s form fails to improve, with the club forced to act sooner or later, their former striker Dimitar Berbatov has warned. 

And Berbatov reckons the calls for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Solskjaer will only intensify if there is no quick fix in United’s results.

United were humbled 6-1 at home by Pochettino’s former club Spurs on Sunday with  questions being asked about Solskjaer’s future, despite a third-place Premier League finish last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after Man United's lacklustre start to the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after Man United’s lacklustre start to the season

Reports say Man United have spoken to Mauricio Pochettino about becoming their new coach

Reports say Man United have spoken to Mauricio Pochettino about becoming their new coach

The Norwegian’s side have bagged just three points from their opening three games and are lying in 16th in the table. 

Berbatov, who also starred upfront for Spurs, believes Solskjaer is still right for the role but recent reports have claimed United have already made contact with Pochettino to sound out the Argentinian about the post. 

And Berbatov told Betfair: ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken some criticism recently, I can understand why the odds say he is the most likely manager to leave his post, especially if they continue down this road. 

‘The pressure on him will only continue to grow, and if they continue to fail to win points, the point will likely come where action is taken. 

Former United and Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov says it's 'amazing' Pochettino is available

Former United and Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov says it’s ‘amazing’ Pochettino is available

‘I believe he is still fine for the job personally, and we will have to see. 

‘To me, it is amazing that Mauricio Pochettino is available for this job, one of football’s finest coaches in my opinion.’

Pochettino has been out of a job since being sacked by Spurs 11 months ago and is waiting for his next challenge in management.

But Berbatov also warned Pochettino may also find it tough to fulfil the huge levels of expectation if he becomes the latest coach charged with resurrecting the glory days. 

United were thrashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham on a tough afternoon on Sunday

United were thrashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham on a tough afternoon on Sunday 

‘You can say maybe he waited for this job, but that is very risky for a manager to do, and I cannot believe another club hasn’t snapped him up,’ Berbatov said.

‘Pochettino may be “the man”, but at some stage, they were all “the man”- (David) Moyes, (Louis) van Gaal, (Jose) Mourinho, all were the next saviour at one stage. 

‘For United fans, I would say that every single person connected to the team in any way are all suffering. The ones that will express their feelings the loudest will be the fans, and I can understand this. 

‘United are led by people who want success for the club, and the glory days will return, of that there is no doubt- just when that is, is the question.’

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