Antony joined Ajax from Sao Paulo for just £13m in July 2020 and spent two years at the Johan Cruyff Arena under Erik Ten Hag before following the Dutchman to Old Trafford last summer. .
Ajax have made huge profits thanks to Antony (£85 million), who ranks 19th in goals scored (18), 7th in assists (8) and 21st in chances created (75) in the Eredivisie during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
Antony got off to an impressive start in Manchester, becoming the first player to score in his first three Premier League games for the Red Devils, but clear weaknesses in his play were soon revealed.
The 23-year-old finished the 2022/23 season with just eight goals and he is yet to score or provide an assist in nine appearances this term.
Antony’s monotonous way of handling situations did not bring the breakthrough that Man Utd expected. His handling phases are extremely cumbersome but ineffective.
Antony was often criticized for his showy play last season, former midfielder Paul Scholes even gave him the nickname “clown” after a 360 spin in a Europa League match.
Not only that, Samba players are also the type of players who like to promote their ego Therefore, every time he is surpassed by his opponent, Antony commits unsightly actions on the field, most notably the scuffle with Jeremy Doku in the recent derby match.
The former Ajax star accompanied Doku but could not control The Citizens star, so he kicked his colleague’s leg, leading to a scuffle. It’s sad that this is the only mark that Antony left on the great war. Instead of shining to help the home team rekindle hope, Antony brought an unsightly image, even Red Devils legend Gary Neville seemed bored:
“Antony just kicked Doku. Man Utd lost discipline and it all started with their captain, then Antony. It’s ridiculous and embarrassing, I’ll give him a red card.
Man Utd was missing in the second half. Half the fans left because they knew who they were.”
The Red Devils need a winger who can stretch the opponent’s defense and make crosses into the box for Rasmus Hojlund to take advantage of his aerial ability, but Antony has proven that he is not a piece of the puzzle. they need.
The former Ajax star will occasionally perform passing moves that will make the audience admire, but In most cases he will let the defender fall back and slow down the attack with his cumbersome handling habits.
With what Antony has shown in more than 1 season at Old Trafford, the list of bombs including Alexis Sanchez, Angel di Maria or Jadon Sancho may be even longer.
Man Utd will need to consider options to resolve this situation in the most optimal way. But really at the present time, an extremely chaotic Red Devils will not need more “dancers” making the club’s play increasingly stagnant.
Truong Son | 22:07 November 1, 2023