Man Utd icon Dimitar Berbatov compares Rashford and Maguire row to heated Ferdinand spats

Man Utd: Rashford and Maguire's on-pitch argument

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire became embroiled in an X-rated spat with team-mate Marcus Rashford during the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. Plenty has been made of the incident, and Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he used to have similar moments with Rio Ferdinand.

 

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has compared the row between Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire to an exchange he once had with Rio Ferdinand.

Red Devils captain Maguire was heard screaming at Rashford during the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

“What do you want me to do?” Rashford asked after being flagged onside before Maguire replied: “F*****g get back onside!”

Rashford then fired back, appearing to tell Maguire to “shut the f*** up, f****** k*******” as tensions ran high.

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The incident certainly caught the eye of fans, but Berbatov has played down the spat, admitting that he used to have similar arguments with the likes of Ferdinand at times.

“In the match against Crystal Palace things got a little heated with Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire, but I like that,” Berbatov told Betfair.

“It’s good in a game to have that fire and passion to fight. Aggression shows you are passionate, and you care about the game. You don’t want to be silent, because that tells me you don’t care.

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“Of course, things like this need to stay on the pitch, although you might carry it on a little bit in the changing room, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with your commitment to the team, it’s ok.

“These things happened to me when I was playing. I’d tell defenders how to do their job and defenders would tell me how to do my job when I wasn’t scoring goals.

“When things aren’t going right in a game and you think your teammates can do more and you are running high on adrenalin, you need to push and push and even argue with teammates if necessary.

“I had it a lot in my career, arguing and screaming with teammates, and I’m fine with it. It’s all for the purpose of helping the team to win games.

“Rio (Ferdinand) used to always run his mouth and tell everyone what to do, I used to give it back to him by telling him how to defend and to pass it to me, to my feet, instead of clearing the ball high.

“It’s always good to put a bit of fire in your teammates, it’s a two way street and when you play on that to help you win it’s a good thing.”

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