Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has raised concerns that Erling Haaland could go through similar struggles to Jadon Sancho after his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The Englishman struggled to adjust to life in the English top-flight and put up disappointing numbers in comparison to those he achieved in the Bundesliga. During his maiden campaign with United, Sancho managed five goals and three assists in 38 appearances across all competitions, although he did begin to show glimpses of what he could offer towards the end of the season.

“I’m excited to see Erling Haaland in the Premier League,” Berbatov told Betfair about the Norwegian’s move to Man City. “When I watch a game I’m looking to see who the strikers are because I want to see entertainment and goals.

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“At the moment, Haaland and Mbappe are the players to watch. Haaland is young and, under Guardiola, he can grow. I’m curious to see how he is going to fit into the City team.

“He is a number nine, but it will be interesting to see if Guardiola has different ideas about him and how he approaches games. Haaland is not only about goals, he has other really strong qualities that he brings to the game.

“Look at what Guardiola did with Gabriel Jesus,” he continued. “He put him out on the right and he’s been doing really well. I really like to see this kind of thing, it’s a masterclass of knowing your players and persuading them to believe in you.

“Maybe Guardiola will come up with a different way of playing Haaland, surprising the opposition in the process, that would be great to see. I have one or two concerns about how he is going to adapt in the Premier League, but this is purely based on former Dortmund player Jadon Sancho’s problems this season at United.

“United spend so much money spent on Sancho, with great expectations, and he can do so much more. That’s why it’s got me thinking. The Bundesliga is great, and a great place to start. It’s where I started before I moved to Spurs.

“When I came to England, it took me a while to get used to the tempo. I hope that Haaland has been speaking with Sancho and other players and has been learning a few things to avoid the mistakes that others have made.

“People are expecting so much from Haaland, a hat-trick every game! He will be judged by the goals he scores, every striker is unfortunately.”

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