Erik ten Hag believes summer time signing Antony can do extra for Manchester United, however insists he’s proud of the winger’s performances this season.
Antony arrived on the membership from Ajax on deadline day in a deal value as much as £86m and has had a combined begin to his first season within the Premier League.
The Brazil worldwide’s performances have come beneath scrutiny and there was criticism of his finish product, with the winger substituted in the course of the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday after an ineffective show. Former United captain Gary Neville is amongst those that have known as for extra from Antony this week.
“I want to see more from Antony, £90m signing and I think to take him off is a disappointment because you would like to think like Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who are also young players, that Marcus Rashford and Antony could’ve been the ones on the other side of it, counter-attacking for United,” Neville mentioned on his podcast.
“But it’s just not happening for him at this moment in time and he has got a bit of work to do. Obviously he is newer to England than the other two.”
Forward of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag has mentioned Antony’s adaptation to a brand new division and believes the 22-year-old can do extra. Nevertheless, he insisted that he has been proud of the winger’s contribution this season.
“I think… every time… he’s not losing games. When he’s playing [full games], the team is winning,” Ten Hag advised his pre-match press convention. “That already provides a message of how nicely he’s performing.
“He can do higher, I see area for enchancment. For example, and I feel additionally you understand this, we would like him to be extra direct and be extra concerned. However as I mentioned, the group is performing higher if he’s on the pitch. That’s a very good factor, that’s a very good base to construct additional. I feel he has already made an enchancment.
“In his first three video games, he scored three objectives. Now he was scoring in opposition to Everton, he was scoring in opposition to Charlton, so additionally that truth, he has an impression. However I feel along with his capabilities, along with his skills, he can do much more. However as I mentioned, I feel he has [made] a very good contribution within the group.”
Ten Hag was requested whether or not Antony is adapting as shortly as he had hoped having labored with the winger at Ajax and mentioned his relationship along with his teammates. The Dutchman denied frustration from a number of the squad after Antony was concerned in an alternate with Bruno Fernandes in the course of the draw at Crystal Palace this month.
“I think that can happen,” he mentioned. “They are both players who play with the heart and when they bring that in the game, they are on their best so it’s always a kind of balance. And always between players, sometimes emotions flare up but I think in the second moment they are already good with each other so that is not a problem. I think definitely the players are not frustrated with him.”
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