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Berb is the word

Dimitar Berbatov reveals what he said to Anthony Martial when the pair were teammates at Monaco 

The former Man United striker gave the youngster some useful advice back in the day

Dimitar Berbatov is one of football’s renowned King’s of Cool. 

Well remembered for his technical ability and composure on the ball, the Bulgarian won two Premier League titles with Manchester United and enjoyed spells with Tottenham and Fulham during his eight-year stay in England.

He even picked up the Premier League Golden Boot in 2010–11.

He weren’t bad, was he?

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He weren’t bad, was he?

Now playing for Indian side Kerala Blasters, the towering striker has also turned out for the likes of CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen, Greek side PAOK and even Ligue 1 giants Monaco.


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And in a recent interview with ESPN, Berbatov revealed what it was like to meet Man United’s man-of-the-moment Anthony Martial when the pair were together at Monaco.

Martial and Berbatov were part of the Monaco side that knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2015

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Martial and Berbatov were part of the Monaco side that knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2015

Recalling his first training session at the club, Berbatov said: “I saw Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yannick Carrasco, Bernardo Silva.

“These young players were flying around me and I was thinking: ‘What the f***? I am too old or are these guys too good.”

Martial joined United for record-breaking fee for a teenager in the summer of 2015

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Martial joined United for record-breaking fee for a teenager in the summer of 2015

He goes onto describe the French winger – who scored a late winner for United against Tottenham on Saturday – as “something special” but lacking in confidence.

He said: “You could see how fast and strong he was. The only thing lacking was to be more confident.

“Martial would come towards with me the ball, and sometimes he hesitated.

“He didn’t want to take me on because he thought I was going to take his ball. The self-belief was not there.

“I would say: “Anto, you are so quick, you can go past me. Don’t be afraid to do that to every player because you are so quick.” He’s a top guy.”

He’s become a key member of Jose Mourinho’s side this season

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He’s become a key member of Jose Mourinho’s side this season

Considering some of the wonderful goals the Tony’s scored since his record-breaking transfer to United, Berb’s words seemingly did the trick.

Nice one

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Nice one