Erik ten Hag admits he had no problem with Antony showboating and displaying his skill vs Sheriff.
Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Sheriff last night was deserved, with the Red Devils absolutely looking like the better side on the day. Long may that continue.
The match itself was decent. Cristiano Ronaldo got his goal, as did Marcus Rashford, while a full debut for Alejandro Garnacho definitely gave the fans something to shout about.
Post-match, Antony doing a piece of skill was the major talking point. For some reason, the Brazilian doing his trademark spin seemed to have upset a few people…
Honestly, I’m not really sure why. He’s a Brazilian who has just gotten the dream transfer of his life. When you read about Antony’s back story, coming from virtually nothing, just let the lad do what he wants. I’d much rather see that than watch the Reds consistently play the ball backwards.
Anyway, after the match, Ten Hag had his say on the showboating in his post-match presser. The Dutchman also admitted that Antony wasn’t subed off due to the skill. Rather, the change was pre-planned in the event that United were leading at half-time.
Check out what Ten Hag had to say on the Antony showboating skill vs Sheriff:
“I don’t have a problem with tricks as long as it’s functional,” Ten Hag told the BBC.
“I demand more from him – more runs behind, more often in the box and more playing in the pocket.
“When there is a trick like that, it’s nice as long as it’s functional. If you’re not losing the ball, then it’s OK – but if it’s a trick because of a trick, then I will correct him.”
It’s good to hear that the boss doesn’t see it as a problem. Obviously, it wasn’t ideal that the ball went out of play straight after, but it’s just a bit of fun. We fans want to see more of that.
Ten Hag will be accustomed to seeing this from Antony. After all, the pair spent two years together at Ajax before they both moved to Old Trafford this summer. You’re telling me the gaffer hasn’t seen the Brazilian do this on multiple occasions already?
Honestly, I just don’t get the outrage about it – but that’s just me.
Do you have an issue with Antony showboating and displaying his skill? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.
Be the first to comment