Dimitar Berbatov believes Manchester United’s win over Chelsea on Monday night means their top four hopes are now in their own hands.

Goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire proved the difference in West London, with the victory moving United up to seventh in the Premier League table.

The Reds are now just three points behind Chelsea in the hunt for Champions League football and remain two behind Tottenham in fifth place, a final position that could also end up being enough to secure qualification for next season's group phase after Manchester City's ban.

“Both teams played well but Manchester United looked a lot smarter than Chelsea, they took their chances to score and got a bit of luck but sometimes you cannot do without it,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“Overall, it was a very important win for them and I think with their performance they deserved it.

 “I don't think they've been lacking when it comes to being smart, but sometimes the other team have outsmarted them.

“Against Chelsea, they played well and took their opportunities to take the three points.

“The win will give them a big boost when it comes to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. This is now a great chance for them to put a run together.

“Every game is a test and if they lose against Watford at the weekend then what's the point?

“They need that factor of consistency now, keeping the run up is so important and now they have made their lives easier because qualifying for the Champions League is in reach and it is pretty much in their hands.”

Despite scoring United’s second goal, Berbatov thought Maguire was lucky to avoid any punishment for catching Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi with both feet after the pair tumbled to the ground.

“Harry Maguire was a lucky boy, but it is what it is. Sometimes you don't deserve a red card, but you get one, and other times you do deserve to get sent off but don't,” Berbatov added on the incident.

“This is how the game is. In this case, maybe United were a bit lucky, he could have got a red card, and then he went on and scored.

 “Sometimes as an individual, and a team, you need to be smarter, even more so when you are the captain. I know how difficult it is, we are all human beings and you can let yourself loose with emotions, but you need to keep telling yourself that you need to lead by example, especially when you are the captain.

"Maguire went on to prove his leadership with the goal he scored, but overall, he was fortunate not to see red.”