Dimitar Berbatov says Manchester United’s clash with Leicester on Saturday will be “s***” for Harry Maguire.
The former United striker, who also played for Tottenham and Fulham, believes the tussle against his former club will be difficult for Maguire, but thinks United can get their first win since the opening day of the season.
“United have a tough match against Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday,” Berbatov told Betfair. “It could be a particularly difficult one for Harry Maguire who joined them from Leicester in August.
“Playing against your old club is s***.
“It’s very difficult to spend two seasons somewhere – as Maguire did at Leicester and I did at Spurs – showing what you can do then get a big move and have to play against your old teammates with whom you’re probably still in touch. ‘As hard as you try to be professional, friendships can sometimes get in the way.”
The Bulgarian believes it will be a test of character for United against a side that many pundits have tipped to finish in the top six this season.
“United’s performance against Southampton last time out was not what I want to see from United,” added Berbatov.
“They need a win but that can make for a tense atmosphere and prevent you playing good football.
“It will be interesting to see which United players go looking for the ball on Saturday. I really hope they start as if they’re desperate to win.
“An early goal would ease the tension but Maguire and his team-mates will need to keep it tight at the back, as they failed to hold on to the lead at Southampton.
“I’m backing United to win a close match and, as they’ve only kept one clean sheet so far, will go with 2-1 as the score.”
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