‘F***ing give me the ball!’: Dimitar Berbatov advises Marcus Rashford to be stronger with his team-mates and ‘show character’ as the ex-striker reveals he feels like ‘s***’ after Manchester derby in Carabao Cup
- Dimitar Berbatov has demanded Marcus Rashford to be stronger on the pitch
- The former striker also admits he’s still reeling from Tuesday’s Manchester derby
- City eased past United in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford
- Berbatov slammed United’s first-half performance that left him feeling like ‘s***’
Marcus Rashford must be more demanding on the pitch, according to Dimitar Berbatov, who has admitted that Tuesday’s Manchester derby has left him feeling like ‘s***’.
Manchester City ran riot in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford after three first-half goals put Pep Guardiola’s side out of sight by the break.
United lacked a real leader on the pitch which left Berbatov questioning the club’s current crop of players.
Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that Tuesday’s Manchester derby has left him feeling like ‘s***’
The ex-Man United striker has also demanded Marcus Rashford be stronger on the pitch
While the Bulgarian praised Rashford for his goal in the 3-1 defeat, he didn’t refrain in offering the youngster some advice about how to be firmer with his team-mates.
Former United striker Berbatov told Betfair: ‘When I was playing, Sir Alex [Ferguson] would say “Give Berba the ball, and when you give it to him, don’t stay, run, because he’s going to find you.” You need to know your team-mates, who is going to pass you the ball and who is going to make the run, these kinds of things are small details but they are the most important.
‘Rashford needs to be strong with his team-mates, if he needs to have an argument on the pitch or shout “f***ing give me the ball,” do it, it doesn’t matter, you need to show character and have that will to win.
‘Argue or fight, it doesn’t matter if everything is for the purpose of winning the game, you f***ing do it.’
United were punished by a dominant Man City side in a first half that saw United go 3-0 down
United have it all to do in the second leg at the Etihad and will need to be at their best to reach the final, where they will face either Aston Villa or Leicester at Wembley in February.
‘Honestly, after that first leg against City I feel like s***,’ Berbatov added. ‘The first half was way below standards, it was not good to watch, the team was all over the place and City were the better side for sure – everybody saw that.
‘In the second half there was a bit of an improvement on all fronts, but it was not enough and when City score three goals against you to change the game is next to impossible, as we saw.
‘The only thing good about it is that there is another game and hopefully they have time to take something from it and show a better account of themselves.
‘I have seen a lot of people saying that the first half was the worst they’ve ever seen United play, I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it wasn’t good. Honestly, City should have scored not three but five goals.
The Bulgarian also praised Rashford for his goal but it has left United with all to do at the Etihad
‘Sterling not being in his best moment to finish a couple of chances in front of goal was a good thing for United. I think the outcome was more down to how poor United were in the first half and not necessarily how good City were.
‘Hopefully, they will recover for the next leg, the real problem is that we are seeing too many of this kind of performances, of course it’s not every game but we are seeing it more than we want to, even if it’s just a poor spell in a match, the fans don’t want to see it.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
His United team can do just that when they take on basement boys Norwich on Saturday.
Berbatov is a former United striker, and here celebrates after scoring against Liverpool in 2010