Dimitar Berbatov calls on three struggling Manchester United stars to step up
'He needs to be shaken up a little bit.'
It has been a rocky road for the Red Devils so far this season and fitness issues have not helped, with a number of players still sidelined.
Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Rasmus Hojlund and Jonny Evans are all out, although there is good news on Luke Shaw who is back in training.
Erik ten Hag’s side have struggled for any sort of rhythm so far this campaign, with the fit players not finding top form and Berbatov has called on certain individuals to start producing.
‘Let’s talk about Mason Mount,’ Berbatov told Betfair. ‘We all know he needs to step up because he hasn’t played well since joining United. So, he’s the player I want to see give more and produce more, because in some of the games, it looks like he doesn’t know how to fit into that system. He looks a bit lost from time to time, but we all know the quality he possesses.
‘He was bought for big money which brings big expectations, but not only that, his stress levels will be high.
‘At this moment, he knows he needs to produce, he knows he needs to step up and show the quality that we all know he has. It’s not working out, so now is the opportunity to stay concentrated and just be in the game and start to show the quality you showed at Chelsea. United need that quality to help the team.’
Varane has been a surprise disappointment for United this season, finding himself below Jonny Evans in the pecking order, while Martial has continued to underwhelm.
Berbatov hopes both can find the motivation and desire to prove their doubters wrong, starting with the trip to Everton on Sunday.
‘With Hojlund out, who is going to take that place up front?’ Berbatov asked. ‘Rashford? We know he doesn’t like it there. Martial? I don’t think he likes it there either. Garnacho? He plays on the wing. So now there is a dilemma – who is going to play as the centre-forward?
‘McTominay is using the opportunities given to him to be the hero when the team needs him – he’s giving everything for the team.
‘I really hope Martial has a future at Man United. I’m a bit biased because I used to play with him, and I saw the quality he has. Everyone knows that he’s not working the way he should be. He’s not using his quality properly and he’s struggling because of this. He needs to be shaken up a little bit and there are moments where he needs to push hard and change his game.
‘I saw in the last couple of games, he did that, he pressed, he was angry in his body language and going hard towards the opposition. He needs to do something extra.
’When you’ve been at a club for a long time, you get complacent. From time to time, you need to challenge yourself and the people around you need to wake you up and say, “look, you have so many qualities that you’re not using correctly. Wake up, do more and bring it to the team”.
‘Varane will get time to play with Jonny Evans injured. I can understand Varane’s anger when Evans was picked ahead of him because when you’re Varane, you’ve won everything, you are younger than Evans, you came to United to play and now all of a sudden, a 35-year-old player is taking your place.
’Now is his chance to show that he deserves to play. Not that he needs to prove anything because he’s won so much, but just to fit back into the team.’
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