Manchester United and Barclays Premier League top-scorer Dimitar Berbatov says that he and his team-mates need to rediscover their confidence on the road to turn around their recent run of poor away form – three defeats in their last four away games – and keep hold of their spot at the top of the table.
Defeats against Chelsea and Liverpool in the last week have seen United’s lead reduced to three points over second-placed Arsenal, whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s side and Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City have also recovered ground on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
Nevertheless, 30-year-old Berbatov has full confidence that he and his team-mates can halt their recent slide away from Old Trafford.
“It’s difficult but you must try not to lose your confidence” Berbatov told Manchester United’s official website.
“Every player goes through those bad times – the truly top players distinguish themselves, however, by overcoming it.”
“We haven’t won as many games as we should have away from home, but that’s not because we haven’t tried to.”
“We never go into a game looking for a draw or thinking we’d be happy with a point. We aim to win each game.
“The difficulty is that other teams lift their game when they play Manchester United. We’re the biggest club, so it’s only natural. But that’s not an excuse: we need to be better away from home.
“At Old Trafford, we’re doing really well. We’re entertaining the fans, we’re scoring a lot of goals. The aim is to bring that to our away performances.”
Fortunately for United, their next three games are all in front of their home support, starting in the FA Cup against Arsena this weekend.