It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Manchester United, and things aren’t looking any good right now with the way they’ve been struggling lately.
Manchester City torched them 3-1 at home during the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal, and they’re unlikely to be able to come back from such a deficit with the way they’ve been playing.
However, Marcus Rashford has been performing at a high level all season long, tallying 17 goals so far and nailing their lone score in this embarrassing defeat.
That’s why former United great Dimitar Berbatov has a piece of advice for him going forward: Ask for the ball every time and make the most of your speed:
“It was another great goal from Rashford [against City] and a really fast counter-attack. United have some very quick players and they didn’t take advantage of that. The only trouble sometimes is that the quick players want the ball at their feet and they are not using the space in front of them, but when they try to use the space and make a run the midfield players are not seeing them and not giving them the ball.
If I am as quick as Rashford and make three runs and nobody sees me or gives me the ball, on the fourth one I wouldn’t waste my energy, it’s all psychological. When I was playing, Sir Alex 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*cking 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*cking do it,” Berbatov told Betfair on yet another rant about the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is walking on thin ice right now, so he’d better turn things around and start using his players properly.