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Dimitar Berbatov backs Paul Pogba's to provide boost to Man United's hopes of sealing top-four spot

Published on: 03 June 2020

Dimitar Berbatov believes that Paul Pogba's return from injury will help Manchester United finish in the top four after football restarts on June 17.

The 27-year-old has only made eight appearances all season due to an ankle injury that required surgery, with the France midfielder having been out of action since Boxing Day.

However, he is now back in training with the rest of the United squad and will be fit to play when the Premier League season resumes in a few weeks.

Former Red Devils striker, Berbatov, believes that Pogba's return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side could be monumental for the team, but does worry he could be at risk of picking up another injury.

He told BetfairBetfairBetfair: 'United have had a huge boost in Paul Pogba returning to fitness. It is great news for the team.

'The dangerous thing is that he hasn't played for so long, so hopefully he has prepared well and he will be ready to play at 100% again. Is he going to start?

'I'm not too sure, coming back from a long injury may impact him starting, it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer puts him straight into the battle. I'm sure if the manager asks Pogba how he feels and if he is ready, then Paul will say "of course I am ready".'

During lockdown, the Frenchman has been working hard on his rehab in the hope that he can build upon the 71 minutes of football he has played for the club so far this season when football returns.

Berbatov is also excited about the prospect of Pogba and Bruno Fernandes lining up together for the first time this season.

He said: 'It will be the first time we get to see Fernandes and Pogba play together and it will be interesting to see if they can hit it off, they will have had the chance to get to know each other in training but that is totally different to a game.

'It could be a great partnership and I am sure that Pogba's return is a massive boost and will give huge confidence to the whole team. One player doesn't define a team, but when you have good, quality, confident players putting all their effort in to help the team then you are going to succeed.'

United return to action with an away game against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, which could determine who will finish in within the top four.

Given the importance of the result, Premier League bosses have scheduled the fixture as the opening game on the Friday night.

Berbatov said: 'Make no mistake, this is a massive opportunity for United and they know it. Hopefully, they will be prepared for that challenge because three points are nothing, if they win their first game back and Chelsea slip up then the three points aren't an issue anymore, it can be as easy as that.

'But on the other hand, if United slip up and Chelsea win it will be six points, so they also have to be careful, there can be no room for error.'


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