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Berbatov: Man United must be ‘f–king better’ than last year

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Dimitar Berbatov says that the only thing he wants from Manchester United is an “f–king better” performance than last season.

United ended up in a distant sixth-place finish in last term’s Premier League and 32 points behind winners Manchester City following a miserable ending, which saw them lose six of their final 10 games.

The Red Devils also crashed out of the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals. Unsurprisingly, this stirred up rumours over the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite only the club only appointing him permanently in March.

The pressure, however, likely eased on the Norwegian’s shoulders following United’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea in their Premier League opener.

And Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 147 appearances for United, hopes that it’s a sign that the squad won’t be repeating their nightmare displays from last season.

“There’s only one thing I’d like to see—a better performance than last season. The way we finished was disappointing,” the former striker told the Daily Star.

“So this season, hopefully, they can perform better. Not only one player but everybody as a group. They must say to themselves ‘okay, we need to be f–king better.’”

Despite struggling in the first half against Chelsea, United still entered the break with a 1-0 lead through Marcus Rashford’s penalty.

Solskjaer’s side then came alive in the second half, which saw Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James all score inside 16 minutes to wrap up a convincing 4-0 victory.

“United were better than I expected them to be against Chelsea and I think many United fans were surprised by the quality of the performance,” Berbatov later told Betfair.

“Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were unbelievably commanding in defence while [Marcus] Rashford and Anthony Martial showed a strong understanding up front.

“They are two intelligent young forwards and as long as they communicate they can be deadly together.

“Rashford’s finishing was exquisite while Martial scored a typical number nine’s goal that showed he’s got what it takes to wear my old shirt.”

United are currently preparing for Monday’s trip to Wolves in their next Premier League match.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and AFC Ajax at Old Trafford on February 23, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)