Berbatov praises Solskjaer’s decision about benching Pogba and Cavani

Thu 04 February 2021 | 11:08

Paul Pogba was rested and Edinson Cavani was used as a substitute in the Red Devils’ 9-0 win over Southampton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

’s team enjoyed a crushing victory against

the Saints

on Tuesday. The Red Devils showed no mercy against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team and took full advantage of their opponent’s mistakes to mark a stunning 9-0 victory. Solskjaer decided to rest

Paul Pogba

and he used

Edinson Cavani

as a substitute in the second half. Former

Manchester United


Dimitar Berbatov

has praised Solskjaer’s decision to keep his players fresh in their race toward the league title.

“It was good to see Anthony Martial end his drought with a couple of goals.”

Berbatov told Betfair.

“United played well but the important thing is that they carry their momentum into Saturday's match at home to Everton.

“Pogba was on the bench against Southampton and should benefit from the rest. He has been brilliant for United for the past couple of months and will be key to their chances of winning the Premier League.

“It was also shrewd of Solskjaer to take off Cavani at half-time on Tuesday. The Uruguayan is another important player who adds a different dimension to the attack and, at 33, using him sparingly is smart.

“If United beat Everton, they can look forward to watching Sunday's massive game at Anfield between Liverpool and Man City, knowing they've put pressure on both their title rivals.

“Both two teams are starting to hit top form. I have a feeling City could edge it but, more than anything, I want to see a top of the table clash where both teams go for it and goals are scored at both ends.

“At the start of the season, everybody expected a two horse title race between City and Liverpool, but it looks like it's a three-way race and that shows how far United have come in the last year under Solskjaer. He will be hoping for both teams to drop points at Anfield and I'd love to see a 2-2 draw.”

Asked about Southampton’s performance in the game, Berbatov responded:

“I felt sorry for Southampton, who didn't stand a chance after the early sending off of Alex Jankewitz, and United were able to relax.

“For them it was simply a matter of how many goals they would score. Football can be like that sometimes and watching the match reminded me of the time I hit five at Old Trafford in a 7-1 win over Blackburn.”

source: SportMob