Former-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has sympathised with the current set of players at the club as they ride a poor run of results.
Jose Mourinho’s side have equalled the record of David Moyes’ team for the worst ever start to a Premier League season since the competition’s advent in 1992.
The Reds drew 0-0 with struggling La Liga side Valencia on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League and that result followed a humiliating defeat to West Ham United away from home.
Before that, United had been humbled by Championship side Derby County in the League Cup third round and shared the spoils in a boring match against Wolves at Old Trafford.
Berbatov has explained what it’s like to be a player in a bad run of form.
“When you’re not at your best, the stadium is full and the fans aren’t happy, and things aren’t happening on the pitch it can be a horrible experience,” Berbatov said.
“For you, the pitch gets smaller and smaller, the fans get on your back, you put even more pressure on yourself.
“Every mistake leads to another mistake and self-doubt because we are all humans and we start sabotaging ourselves.
“It happens to every team in football.”
The Bulgarian striker, who played in a couple of Champions League finals for United, explained what the Reds need to get out of their current rut.
“[They need] to get a goal in the first 15 minutes to give them self-belief, assurance and calmness on the ball.
“I saw it in the last game that they want to put on a show for each other and the fans.”
It’s exactly what United need. But if they do get an early goal, then they cannot afford to sit back. Against Wolves a couple of weeks ago, United went ahead early thanks to a goal from Fred. Although their lead was undeserved, they then sat back and allowed the visitors back into the game.