Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United’s clash with Leicester will be ‘s***’ for Harry Maguire, but has backed his former club to win 2-1 at Old Trafford.
United broke the world transfer record for a defender when they paid Leicester £80million for Maguire last month and the 26-year-old has started all four of the side’s matches in the Premier League.
Daniel James has scored three goals in four games for the Red Devils, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maguire have impressed in Solskjaer’s new-look back four.
After representing Tottenham, United and Fulham during his playing days, Berbatov knows how Maguire will be feeling as he prepares to face his former team this weekend.
‘United have a tough match against Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday,’ the Bulgarian 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.’
Berbatov is hopeful United will bounce back with a narrow victory over Leicester following their disappointing display at St Mary’s.
‘United’s performance against Southampton last time out was not what I want to see from United,’ he added.
‘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.’