Man United News: Jose Mourinho sent warning by Dimitar Berbatov in Newcastle prediction

Thursday, October 4, 2018

United have endured a disappointing start to the season and already find themselves playing catch up in the title race.

Jose Mourinho’s side was dumped out of the carabao Cup by Championship side derby and the Portuguese have been involved in a number of bust-ups with his players, most notably Paul Pogba.

United are without a win in their last four games and fan resentment is growing, with chiefs believed to be considering their options.

And while Mourinho is expected to ease the pressure on himself against struggling Newcastle, Berbatov has warned his former side to get an early lead to keep the crowd onside.

“It's Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend and, on paper, that looks sort of a great chance to snap a four-game streak without a win,” he told Betfair. But sometimes playing at home can be even more difficult than playing away.

“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 an ugly experience.

“The other team are away from home, they don't care, anything they get from the game is a bonus. 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.

“Against Newcastle, I hope United can 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.

“But Rafa Benitez will tell his players that now is the best time to play Manchester United and he will have spent the last week telling them that.

“Maybe I'm speaking with a bit of bias but I predict that United will win this, but it won't be easy and it'll be close.”

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