Former Manchester United striker fears the club’s top target Jadon Sancho may not get regular game time at Old Trafford and could benefit from spending another season in Germany.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is reportedly on the radar of United after a stellar season in the Bundesliga.
But Berbatov, who played for United for four years after arriving from Tottenham for £30m in 2008, believes the presence of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James may limit the 20-year-old’s playing opportunities.
“Sancho is unbelievable, he has 14 goals and 15 assists, it is unbelievable,” Berbatov told Betfair.
The Bulgarian, who scored 48 goals in 108 appearances for United, says the fact that Sancho has created 15 goals for his teammates speaks volumes about the way he is developing. “The speed, the goals, the passing and his eye for the pass. He isn’t selfish; if you have 15 assists it must be because you play the ball whenever you have the chance and someone is in a better position,” he said.
But the former United striker is not sure this is the right time for Sancho to join the Red Devils.
“I don’t know if now is the right time for him to go to Manchester United, I have mentioned it before, I have my doubts here because at United there’s Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.”
While he believes the competition is good, he is worried the blossoming star will not play every game.
Meanwhile, a teenage winger, Joshua Nyakudya, touted as the next Jadon Sancho, believes his idol would walk into any of the top six clubs in England.
The speedy Nyakudya, who turns out for England’s Premiership outfit Wolves, is convinced Sancho has proven his worth.
“Jadon Sancho would easily walk into the starting line-up of any of the top six clubs in England. His stats surpass those of older players in England, that’s why he’s an inspiration to me,” Nyakudya told FARPost from his Birmingham base.
For over a decade now, Old Trafford has been barren and devoid of a true entertainer. It is why the prospect of Sancho potentially signing for the club is so titillating.
His direct competition at United, James, who is two years his senior, is no magician.
He does not have the twinkling toes of Sancho or the ability to perform clever feints and weave himself through rigid defences. What the Welsh winger does have is pace, and industrial energy, but his stats are nowhere near Sancho’s.
By Mthokozisi Dube