BY STEVEN WYSON
Dimitar Berbatov has shared details of the passionate team talks Gary Neville and fellow Manchester United legends used to deliver whenever they took on Liverpool.
The Bulgarian forward scored against the Reds on his United debut in a 2-1 Liverpool win back in 2008, but had happier memories of a contest two years later when he bagged a hat-trick in a 3-2 United victory at Old Trafford.
“Sharing a dressing room with the likes of Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, you really knew how important these types of matches are,” the former Fulham and Tottenham striker told Betfair.
“Gary Neville was always up for the games against Liverpool, he was always pumped up and motivated, you could see the way he was preparing before the games.
“We would have a couple of minutes of silence and do some stretching then there would be a burst of energy and he would shout at everyone ‘come on boys, come on lads, lets destroy them.’
“The other players would get involved as well, all pretty standard stuff when you are playing a rival, Wayne Rooney, Giggs, Scholsey and Rio Ferdinand would all say something and lift everybody in the dressing room but when you stepped on the pitch, that was where you needed to perform and not forget what was just said in the dressing room.
“Sometimes if the game wasn’t going our way, it wasn’t going as expected you couldn’t forget what was said in the dressing room how ambitious and motivated we all were so you would try to carry that onto the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.
“I would also prepare in my own way and I would tell myself ‘Berba you go out there and give it everything you f*cking can’.
“This was my own motivation, I didn’t need anyone to motivate me, I would do it in my own way.