Dimitar Berbatov has heaped praise on Manchester United trio Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford following their performances against Chelsea on Wednesday.
The Red Devils made it three away wins on the bounce as they advanced to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Frank Lampard’s Blues at Stamford Bridge.
Rashford was the standout performer, his brace – including a stunning free-kick – leading Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to victory, but speaking to Betfair, former United striker Berbatov also praised McTominay and Williams for their contributions.
“Brandon Williams was excellent again in defence, Scott McTominay had an outstanding match in midfield and every United player was fighting for the team,” the 38-year-old said.
“Marcus Rashford’s brilliant free-kick meant it’s now four goals in four appearances for him. I’m delighted for him.
“United’s improved performances will give this whole young team the confidence they need to keep building.”
Solskjaer’s men travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday and Berbatov backed them to continue their upturn in form.
“Momentum is so important in football,” he added. “It can get a team over the line for a narrow win even if they’re not performing at their best.
“Of course, pundits are fickle and, as soon as United lose, they will say that nothing has changed and the club are doomed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so United have to keep winning. I think they’ll edge this tricky game.”
United sit seventh in the table, seven points adrift of the top four going into the weekend’s action.