‘He’s got work to do, growth to go through… £90m and you have to take him off’: Gary Neville hits out at ‘disappointing’ Man United star Antony – and says they should have ‘better quality’ in attack
- Gary Neville criticised winger Antony following a disappointing performance
- Antony struggled to make an impact in Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal
- Neville says that the £90million signing still has ‘growth to go through’
Gary Neville has revealed that he wants to see more from Antony after the Manchester United winger struggled to make much of an impact in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal.
Antony, who signed from Ajax for £90million last summer, was replaced by Fred in the 71st minute at Emirates Stadium.
Neville stated that it was disappointing that Antony had to go off and added that United’s attacking options cannot be compared to Arsenal’s talents in that department such as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Gary Neville criticised Antony after the Manchester United winger struggled versus Arsenal
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, Neville said: ‘I wish they had better quality up front in the final third. Obviously Sancho’s not out there and you would expect that Manchester United would have better options from the bench, but they haven’t at this moment in time.’
‘I want to see a little bit more from Antony, to be honest with you. £90million signing. I think that to have to take him off is a disappointment because you’d like to think that like Martinelli and Saka, who are also young players, that Rashford and Antony could have been the ones of the other side of it that could have counter-attacked for United.’
Neville stated that Antony has ‘some growth to go through’ in order to make a major impact
Neville added that Antony has ‘some growth to go through’ and suggested that the 22-year-old is still adapting to English football.
‘It’s just not quite happening for him at this moment in time. He’s got a bit of work to do. He’s got obviously some growth to go through and obviously he’s newer to England than the other two are, but they’re little complaints at this moment in time.’
Another former United defender, Rio Ferdinand, was also critical of Antony’s performance.
Ferdinand stated that Antony ‘just doesn’t beat anyone’, which is in stark contrast to how he performed at Ajax.
Speaking on his FIVE show, Ferdinand said: ‘He just doesn’t beat anyone and I’m sitting there thinking, “Was that always the way?”’
‘I’ve seen clips of him when he was at Ajax and he was somebody who used to beat people.
Rio Ferdinand also criticised Antony, saying that the winger ‘just doesn’t beat anyone’
‘I saw Thomas Partey, who I wouldn’t put down as a sprinter, absolutely burst past him, and I’m thinking, “Woah, he (Antony) hasn’t got much power in them legs!”
‘He’s a tricky winger, but with tricky wingers you want them to still be able to beat the defender.’
So far during his first season in England Antony has scored three goals in eleven Premier League appearances, with his last strike in the top flight coming against Everton in October.
Following their defeat against Arsenal, United are in fourth place, eleven points behind the Gunners, who have played a game less.
United took the lead on Sunday through an excellent strike from Marcus Rashford, with Eddie Nketiah then equalising for Arsenal.
Bukayo Saka put Arsenal ahead with Lisandro Martinez making it 2-2 prior to Nketiah’s late winner.
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