Jol claims Berbatov is under no pressure

Fulham striker Dimitar BerbatovFulham manager Martin Jol has insisted that there will be no extra pressure put on Dimitar Berbatov ahead of their FA Cup clash with his former club Manchester United.

The Bulgarian swapped Old Trafford for Craven Cottage over the summer after becoming frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities.

This weekend’s tie will be the first time he has faced the Red Devils since his move, and despite him having scored seven goals already at Fulham, Jol insists that Berbatov will not be expected to win the game single-handedly:

“I don’t want to put pressure on him, of course if he was playing for United it would be a bit easier for him but he is not playing for them any more, he plays for us.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“Hopefully he will do something nice, but for me it is important that he works for the team. We would love to go to the next round, even though we are playing against United.”

The Dutchman believes that it will be tough for his team to get a result at Old Trafford, but he feels that they have the ability to nick a shock result:

“If we get a good day there maybe we could end up with a surprise and you never know.”

Berbatov has struggled for goals following an initial flurry upon his arrival in London, but Jol puts this down to the team’s performances and stated that he is happy with the 31-year-old’s contributions:

“It was better probably the first couple of months when we scored a lot of goals and we had a settled team, but of course we had to change that.

“Of course he has to do better on occasion, but eight times out of 10 he is our best player.”

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