Premier League Criticised the players’ attitude around the derby
Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov was appalled to see his ex-club’s players hugging their Manchester City counterparts as the two met in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
City claimed a 2-0 win to book their place at Wembley to take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, but Berbatov wasn’t impressed by what he saw.
Former United captain Roy Keane was typically vocal in expressing his disgust at the opposing players sharing niceties around the game, which the Bulgarian agrees with.
“Sometimes when you have these derbies in important matches, it’s not about momentum or form,” Berbatov said to Betfair, “it’s about how much you want it, how smart and cunning the players are, if necessary use some dirty tricks, do whatever it takes to win.
“Sometimes you need to be like this and, like Jose Mourinho said, you need to be b*stards to win trophies. I don’t see enough of that from United in these big matches.
“Roy Keane spoke about how shocked he was too see players hugging each other after the last Manchester derby. I agree with him. What the f*ck, this is a derby go out there and win.
“They’re missing someone who is dirty in the team, someone who can show the aggression that would give them an edge. United are too nice at times.”
One-time Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek has struggled for playing time since moving to Old Trafford and, admitting confusion about the Dutchman’s situation, Berbatov said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see him move on.
“I don’t know what is going on with Donny van de Beek,” Berbatov added. “I said before he signed that I like him as a player, he was great for Ajax and his national team, but now he can’t get a game at United.
“I don’t watch the training sessions and the little time he does get on the pitch isn’t enough to judge him.
“He needs a run of games in a row to give him confidence. I can see that his confidence isn’t high at the moment, and that’s normal because when you don’t play you start punishing yourself and ask questions of yourself.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is starting to look for the exit and nobody will blame him. Something isn’t working.”