Manchester United must give clarity to the guardian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future and reward him with a permanent role in the club for changing his season and providing a measure of stability, said former striker Dimitar Berbatov.
REUTERS: Manchester United must give clarity to guardian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future and reward him with a permanent role in the club for changing his season and providing a measure of stability, said former striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The Norwegian manager has 14 victories in 19 games in all competitions since the December appointment, bringing the Old Trafford club to the Champions League quarter-finals and two points from the first four of the Premier League.
"Ole was able to increase the spirit, the team, everything at the club," Berbatov told Betfair. "With all the work he has done, I don't think it would be right for him or for the players if they do not announce that he will remain in office.
"I am sure the current club staff welcome some clarity on the status of Solskjaer in the club. It is tiring to have so many changes in the managerial position.
"For a team that hasn't changed (their) manager for 25 years having so much discomfort in such an important role, he suggests they don't know what they're doing. A club needs that top-level stability."
Berbatov, who also played for Tottenham Hotspur during his time in the British top division, expects the London club, third in the standings, to focus on a four-four final with a tough Champions League quarter against Manchester City.
"Spurs have stumbled badly lately, taking a point from four Premier League games, and this is a concern," added Berbatov. "They put so much pressure on themselves thanks to that bad race.
"Ultimately, the club will probably give more importance to maintaining the top four places in the top flight, as it is essential that they find themselves in that competition next season, given the constancy of the new terrain.
"But they will not play a weaker team in the Champions League".
Berbatov was invited by Tottenham to take part in an exhibition competition along with other big names in the club like Jurgen Klinsmann and Robbie Keane at their new stadium, on the site of their old White Hart Lane.
They will face a team composed of the big Inter players on March 30th in the second of the two tests organized to guarantee the club a safety certificate for their new arena.
Spurs will have to play Crystal Palace in the Premier League for their first competitive match at the stadium on April 3rd.
(Reporting of Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Editing by Christian Radnedge)