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Berbatov, who spent five years at United, insisted the key to being an effective striker is to “keep it simple”.
The 38-year-old, who joined United for £30.75m from Tottenham back in 2008, won several trophies during his time in Manchester, including two Premier Leagues titles and the League Cup.
Despite some criticising his style of pay, the Bulgarian had an elegant first touch and impressive control for a striker over six foot tall.
Berbatov’s comments on Instagram came after United posted a video of a goal he scored against Everton at Goodison Park back in 2010.
He responded to the clip by explaining what it takes to be an effective striker.
“Keep it simple,” he said on Instagram.
“Two touch, you don’t need more.. with outside of the foot.. no chance for GK.
His comments come at a time when Solskjaer called out his forwards ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Barcelona.
“It’s very important because we need to score goals and if it’s Rom [Romelu Lukaku], Jesse [Lingard], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Marcus [Rashford], we need big performances,” Solskjaer said before the game.
“We have to defend well but we have to have that little bit extra to score goals against teams like this.
“Whoever starts, we want to see some good form. We weren’t good enough against them [at Old Trafford].
“That’s the 100 million dollar question – who can score them?
“That’s why the best strikers are the most expensive ones.
“We had a couple of decent chances [in the first leg] but when you can’t work the goalkeeper you can’t score.
“We know we’ll create chances, we have a goal threat, it’s about taking a deep breath and taking those chances.”
United failed to score a goal against the Catalan giants.
In the two games the Red Devils had 19 shots at goal, three of which were on target and in comparison, Barca had 19 attempts at goal over the two legs, with 9 shots on target and four goals.