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Dimitar Berbatov tells Manchester United players to ‘f****** wake up’ in stern warning


Manchester United have been told they need to ‘f****** wake up’ following their second half capitulation away at Tottenham.

The Red Devils lost 2-0 in north London last weekend, with the Old Trafford outfit outclassed in the capital.

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United have struggled in their opening two Premier League gamesCredit: Getty
Former Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov has told the players to 'f****** wake up'

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Former Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov has told the players to ‘f****** wake up’Credit: Getty

A Pape Matar Sarr strike and own goal from Lisandro Martinez proved to be the difference in what was another below-par performance from Erik ten Hag’s side.

United had scraped a 1-0 win over Wolves in their Premier League opener, and once again struggled to impose themselves.

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes missed relatively easy chances in the first half against Spurs, and they were made to pay.

It has led club icon Dimitar Berbatov to issue a rallying cry to his former employers ahead of Saturday’s clash against Nottingham Forest.

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Speaking to Betfair, the two-time Premier League winner said: “When you don’t score, and you miss a good opportunity to score, which United had with Rashford and Bruno Fernandes’ headers, you give a chance to the opposition to regroup and come back strong, this will happen in football.

“The second half for United was especially bad. The first half was okay, they had a couple of chances to score, as did Spurs, who hit the post.

“But it’s a different story when you score first – you can still lose the game sometimes, but when you score first and if you’re a good team that knows how to keep a lead then it’s going to be easy to do it.

“In the case of United, no. The second half was pretty much the same as the first game against Wolves. Concentration and consistency helps you to score.

Martinez scored an own goal in the recent 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham

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Martinez scored an own goal in the recent 2-0 defeat away at TottenhamCredit: Getty
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Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has been exposed at the start of the seasonCredit: Getty

“This is where United need that typical centre-forward striker who is 90-95 per cent going to score with the good chances they create.

“Let’s hope the service will come flying towards Rasmus Hojlund, because he is going to be there, he’s tall and he will hopefully score goals. 

“When you don’t score then you give chances to the opposition for them to regroup and come back stronger. Tottenham scored one and the belief grew and they kept pushing.

“To be honest, you can’t take anything away from Spurs. They had a good game, especially in the second half. 

“It’s just one game, of course, Spurs need to build on that, and United need to f****** wake up as soon as possible.”

United have been dealt another blow ahead of their clash against Steve Cooper’s side, with Mason Mount ruled out through injury.

He will also miss the trip to London against Arsenal on September 3 after suffering a knock in the defeat to Spurs.

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