After a positive start to the 2018/19 campaign with a 2-1 home win over Leicester last week, United came crashing down with a woeful performance in a 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.
But former striker Berbatov believes there is no need for Red Devils fans to be worried despite their team’s disappointing display at the Amex Stadium.
In a video posted on his Instagram page, Berbatov said: “Obviously we’re all disappointed and I didn’t expect that result to be honest. But hey, it’s too early in the season. Don’t be worried. You have games like this.”
Goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and a Pascal Gross penalty helped Chris Hughton’s men to all three points, with Romelu Lukaku heading in to make it 2-1 before Paul Pogba’s late penalty gave United a consolation.
Jose Mourinho pointed to his side making “big mistakes” as the reason for their defeat – the second time they’ve lost away at Brighton in the space of a little over three months.
Berbatov, who played for United for four years and won two league titles with the club, does not feel the need to panic at this stage, however, insisting it’s still early in the season.
“You win some, you lose some but the good thing is there’s always the next game to make things good again. So come on.”
Next up for the Red Devils is a home meeting with Tottenham on August 27, before meeting with Sean Dyche’s Burnley on September 2.
Captain Paul Pogba has hit out at Manchester United’s blase attitude in their 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton.
Pogba hit a late penalty but a slipshod United fully deserved their defeat, with Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross all on target for the hosts.
France World Cup-winner Pogba even conceded he carried a complacent attitude into Sunday’s Amex Stadium clash, shouldering the blame for the Red Devils’ loss.
“We lost and the attitude that we had today was that we deserved to win,” Pogba told Sky Sports.
“I put myself first. My attitude wasn’t right enough. We’ll keep trying and keep pushing and obviously it’s a lesson for us.”
United leaked three first-half goals for only the 10th time in Premier League history, in an error-strewn and lacklustre showing.
Target man Murray drew first blood with a smart one-touch finish in his 200th appearance for Brighton, before Duffy swept home amid defensive indecision from United.
Gross then converted a penalty after being felled in the box by Eric Bailly as Brighton effectively had the game sewn up by half-time.
Romelu Lukaku nodded a header home amid Brighton’s 19-minute goal blitz, before Pogba slotted his second penalty in as many games in time added on at the death.
Brighton beat United 1-0 on the south coast back in May en route to a 15th-place Premier League finish last term, and repeated the feat of toppling Jose Mourinho’s men just three months on.
Refusing to pass the buck, Pogba stepped up to take it upon himself to state just how below-par United were on the day – especially in terms of mindset.
“The attitude that we had was not like we wanted to beat them. They had more anger than us and that showed on the pitch,” said Pogba.
“We made mistakes we shouldn’t make. The attitude has to be right and we missed that today.”
Manager Jose Mourinho’s summer of discontent reached a new low on Sunday when Brighton & Hove Albion inflicted a deserved 3-2 defeat on sorry Manchester United.
Glenn Murray’s artful flick and Shane Duffy’s scrambled effort made it 2-0 to the hosts by 27 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku headed in for the visitors, but Pascal Gross’ penalty-kick before the break was crucial. Paul Pogba then struck his own spot-kick far too deep into second-half injury time.
Goals – 1
Shots – 9
Possession – 67%
Tackles – 13
Dribbles completed – 10
Mourinho was forced into a change to his usual starting side, Anthony Martial replacing the injured Alexis Sanchez on the left flank of a 4-3-3 formation.
A lack of hunger, cohesion and quality was then on show as Brighton roared into a 3-1 lead.
Rash defending was at the heart of the matter. But Mourinho bought both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, making any excuses ring hollow.
TACTICAL TALKING POINT
Floundering in the dark
We have now entered the third season of Mourinho’s United reign.
However, there is still no collective identity to his side.
United’s starting midfield in the wretched Pogba plus Brazil call-ups Fred and Andreas Pereira rarely came within 10 metres of each other. This meant no intricate solution could be found to combat Brighton’s excellent press.
All too often, the ball would go long to an isolated Lukaku. The cycle would then repeat of United going nowhere with 67-per-cent possession – as shown by only three shots on target from a paltry nine attempts.
These are old issues being given fresh airing.
10 - This is only the tenth time in Premier League history that Manchester United have conceded three first half goals in a game, and the first time since October 2015 v Arsenal. Porous.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 19, 2018
There is something wrong at the core of United.
A pre-season full of moans from the manager and a lack of activity in the transfer department became real at Amex Stadium. Mourinho bemoaned “big mistakes” in his post-match interviews, yet these were made largely by his signings.
Another question for the boss is why was Pogba the best player for France in the World Cup final, but on Sunday his pass accuracy was just 81.8 per cent and he lost the ball a game-high five times?
Much better is required. You wouldn’t back Mourinho to deliver it at present.