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Manchester United ARE title contenders this season, insists Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United ARE title contenders this season, insists Dimitar Berbatov as the former Red Devils striker hails ‘quality’ summer signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane

  • Manchester United’s Premier League season kicks-off against Leeds on Saturday
  • The Old Trafford side are aiming to finally win their first league title since 2013
  • The club have signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in big money moves 
  • Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes they can win the league  

Dimitar Berbatov is excited about his old club Manchester United’s chances this season, insisting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can lift the title in 2021-22.    

United haven’t lifted the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game back in 2013, but finally look to have a very competitive squad for the new campaign.   

The signings of Raphael Varane at centre-back and Jadon Sancho out wide, for a combined £115m, should fix two long-standing weak areas in the United XI and get them gunning for glory again.  

Dimitar Berbatov thinks Manchester United can go one step better and win the title this season

Jadon Sancho will look to fix a long-standing problem area for United on the right

Raphael Varane will arrive from Real Madrid set to link-up with Harry Maguire at the back

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane’s arrivals provide a huge boost to United’s title chances 

Berbatov, who fired 56 goals for the Red Devils between 2009 and 2013 in his nonchalant style, has been delighted with their summer business. 

‘Manchester United are in a strong position to challenge for the title, especially after the signings they’ve made this summer,’ the former striker told Betfair. 

‘I am very happy that they are bringing in Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. He is a World Cup and Champions League winner, he has a winning mentality and he has played with the best over the years. 

‘So, he is a great signing and I am looking forward to seeing how he is going to settle into the team and compliment Harry Maguire.

Berbatov has been pleased with United's transfer dealings and thinks they're 'in a good place'

Berbatov has been pleased with United’s transfer dealings and thinks they’re ‘in a good place’ 

Last season ended with two second places but United want to step back into the big time now

Last season ended with two second places but United want to step back into the big time now

‘Jadon Sancho is already good friends with the England players in United’s squad, which is a great thing to have when you go into a new team. Hopefully, this is going to help him settle quickly. 

‘We already know about his quality, but there’s still plenty of room for him to grow and hopefully at United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, he can fulfil his potential. I’m sure he is also going to push the other forwards to perform better too.’

United finished second last season and narrowly missed-out on Europa League glory in the final through a mammoth penalty shoot-out, and look poised to be even stronger this term.  

Their squad has been turned into one of the Premier League’s strongest through Varane and Sancho’s arrivals, and Berbatov sees them as near-perfect.  

United begin the season among the favourites, though Chelsea and Man City have bought big

United begin the season among the favourites, though Chelsea and Man City have bought big

‘The United team is in a good place,’ he continued. 

‘They have spent quite a lot of money already and I can’t see them spending anymore. 

‘They could possibly look to strengthen in the right back position. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is definitely first choice but I would like to see him have a solid back up who will challenge and push him. 

‘Other than that, I think they are pretty complete as a team.’

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