Dimitar Berbatov tells United: Let's start playing for 90 minutes and cut out the complications
20 September 2010 08:46
Dimitar Berbatov wants Manchester United to be more clinical and close out games in style rather than keep hanging on in frantic finales.
All smiles: Dimitar Berbatov is mobbed by team-mates after putting United 2-0 up
Berbatov's hat-trick guided United to a 3-2 defeat of Liverpool - but not before letting a 2-0 slip and needing an 84th-minute winner - after seeing late goals deny the Reds victories at Fulham and Everton.
And after netting the first Manchester United treble against their deadly rivals since 1946, Berbatov said his side to start learning their lesson.
He said: 'Let us hope in the future we won't complicate it so much.
'We have to keep working and improving on that. There is a long way ahead of us but hopefully in the end we will be on top.'
Liverpool might look back on World Cup final referee Howard Webb's decision not to send John O'Shea off for his foul on Fernando Torres that provided Gerrard with the free-kick from which he equalised as the pivotal moment.
Yet Sir Alex Ferguson felt the final scoreline was 'a farce' as it did scant justice to his side's dominance.
Certainly there was no disputing Berbatov's right to finish on the winning side, particularly after his brilliant second when he controlled Nani's cross, then beat a static Pepe Reina with a perfect overhead kick that crashed in off the underside of the bar.
The old 1-2-3: Dimitar Berbatov puts United 1-0 up.
.hammers in a spectacular second.
.then heads home the winner six minutes from time
'I never saw the ball go in the back of the net,' he admitted.
'But when I heard the crowd scream it was easy to guess what had happened.
'It was a good goal but as long as the ball hits the back of the net it doesn't matter.'
Not that Berbatov was hitting the town in celebration. Never one to hog the headlines, even though his tally for the season now stands at an impressive seven, he preferred to head straight home.
'It was probably my best day in a United shirt,' said Berbatov.
'Obviously I am happy. I am going home with a smile on my face.
'But I am nothing special. I am going home to play with my kids.'
Steven Gerrard insists: Liverpool deserved at least a point at Old TraffordManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accuses Liverpool star Fernando Torres of 'cheating'Man United 3 Liverpool 2: Berba's brilliant treble shatters Roy's boysYanks for nothing: Tom Hicks nears refinancing deal to stay on at AnfieldMANCHESTER UNITED FC