Dimitar Berbatov insists that managing Manchester United is still one of the most desirable jobs in football.
The Red Devils haven’t won a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.
United have enjoyed a moderate amount of success in cup competitions since then, but have failed to mount a serious title challenge since they last won the crown.
Under current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the club are continuing to labour in the chase for domestic honours, with United sixth in the table. Nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
Despite their recent troubles, former Red Devils striker Berbatov is adamant that the United job is still one of the most attractive in the game.
“You ask any ex-footballers about if they would like to manage Manchester United, they’ll say, ‘probably, yes’ – I make no exception,” he told Betfair.
“You need to be a special human being to manage one of the biggest clubs in the world, but of course, everybody would like to give it a try because they’re thinking, ‘I can do it better’.”
Berbatov also expressed his empathy for Solskjaer, who has come under mounting criticism this season. Particularly after the comprehensive home defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
He added: “I don’t envy Ole being in that position – constantly reading you’re going to be replaced. It never happened to anyone else before. The first day in the job, you’re constantly being judged
“The truth is if your team is not playing well, if you suffer defeats constantly and it’s been a long time and nothing is happening with United being in the top three or four then obviously something is not working out. The first one to take it is the manager.”