It’s been urged Erik ten Hag ought to take a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s e book to get Antony firing for Manchester United.
Brazilian ahead Antony is getting pelters after a sequence of poor performances which have highlighted a giant downside together with his taking part in model – which is the large downside, that it’s all model and no substance.
The 22-year-old ace has struggled to stay as much as his popularity and £86million price ticket since being delivered to Previous Trafford from Ajax by his former supervisor in Amsterdam, Ten Hag.
And he has been branded a ‘YouTube participant’ and ‘circus performer’ after his newest poor show within the Carabao Cup semi-final in opposition to Nottingham Forest, the place followers have been left fuming together with his pointless trickery.
Antony’s trademark spinning transfer is what many United supporters have been excited to see after signing the proficient teenager, however now they’re sick on the sight of it, whereas rival followers at the moment are utilizing it as gasoline to mock the Crimson Devils star who solely has 5 targets and one help since becoming a member of in the summertime.
His lack of output is the principle frustration surrounding Antony, who will typically get into an outstanding place to whip in a cross however, as an alternative of searching for a teammate, he’d typically carry out a silky cut-back or present some Brazilian aptitude, and both lose the ball doing so or miss the window of alternative to ship the ball into the field.
It led to former Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor calling the winger a phoney who has ‘bluffed’ his technique to Manchester United, whereas former Crimson Devils striker Alan Brazil questioned how lengthy Ferguson would have stood for his showboating antics – particularly once they haven’t any finish product.
“He must do quite a bit higher,” stated Agbonlahor. “He must cease with the foolish methods like he’s within the circus, and begin getting previous gamers, placing in crosses, getting extra targets and assists.
“If he does that, we may very well be speaking this time subsequent season and Antony is a a lot better participant.”
“Gabby, I’m with you,” replied talkSPORT Breakfast host Brazil. “The place’s the top product?
“There’s little doubt he’s electrical, he’s received fast toes, however what concerning the finish product?
“All I’ll say is that this: how lengthy would Fergie have put up with that?”
Historical past suggests the legendary Scottish coach in all probability wouldn’t have put up with it for lengthy – and also you solely must look again at Cristiano Ronaldo’s early Previous Trafford profession as proof.
A younger Ronaldo was nonetheless very a lot a uncooked expertise when he rocked up at United, and it took a while for Ferguson to shine him up and switch him into the shining five-time Ballon d’Or-winning diamond he would go on to turn out to be.
A number of months of Fergie’s well-known hairdryer remedy apparently did the trick, in line with legend and CR7’s former teammate Patrice Evra.
“Sir Alex Ferguson had an enormous impression on Ronaldo’s profession,” Evra instructed Betfair in October 2022.
“When he began he was like a YouTube participant, a lot of talent, that’s what I felt once I arrived at United.
“I keep in mind one time early on Ferguson destroyed him. I believe we performed Chelsea and he didn’t have a great efficiency.
“Ferguson instructed him, ‘It’s straightforward to attain a hat-trick in opposition to Bolton or Blackburn however what concerning the massive video games?’ It was a tricky hairdryer second. All of the sudden after that, I keep in mind Cristiano began to attain within the massive video games, then he grew to become one other participant.
“Ferguson went additional and instructed him that he’s not a winger, that he’s a striker and together with his capability he needed to rating two or three targets a recreation and he didn’t care concerning the methods and talent, he stated, ‘Neglect that, you could rating targets’. That season Ronaldo scored 42 targets.
“He was a purpose machine, he didn’t care about impressing folks with talent and methods, he was simply centered on scoring targets. A variety of it’s right down to Sir Alex Ferguson, he had an enormous impression.”
Taking notes, Ten Hag?
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