Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Manchester United Will Miss Out On Champions League Place

Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United will miss out on a Champions League place once again in the new season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could only guide the Reds to sixth in the league in the 2018/19 season despite a terrific opening spell as caretaker boss.

But once he got the job on a permanent basis, the wheels fell off as they faltered to sixth place.

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And ex-United hero Berbatov expects his former side to fall short of qualifying for Champions League football while predicting Manchester City to successfully defend their title.

"Unfortunately, I need to say it, but I think Manchester City will be champions again, then Liverpool. They are the top two," he said.

"Then I think Spurs and then Chelsea. I say Chelsea because I saw them play under Frank Lampard and I like his philosophy a lot.

"And then of course you have the usual suspects, Arsenal and Man United."

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The Bulgarian added: "Hopefully we see someone from the rest of the pack - the other teams who are coming up. For example, Wolves, I enjoyed watching them last season.

"Hopefully there is no fatigue as they are playing in Europe."

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Michael Owen also believes United will fail to secure a Champions League spot. He reckons they'll finish fifth.

"United will be desperate to add at least a couple of new big-name signings to their squad between now and the end of the transfer window with Harry Maguire looking more and more likely to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United revolution by Thursday week," he said.

"Romelu Lukaku is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but the club will want to sign another striker if - as seems increasingly likely - the Belgian international gets his move to Italy.

"A season of consolidation at Old Trafford."

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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