Antony: Why some have reacted with fury to Manchester United star’s showboating


It was a second of beautiful however in the end pointless ability.

Simply exterior the field with the scores tied at 0-0, Manchester United’s Antony produced a 720-degree-pirouette with the ball glued to the within of his left foot whereas a Sheriff Tiraspol defender watched on.

After finishing the spin, he handed the ball out to concede possession.

United ultimately received its Europa League sport 3-0 however virtually instantly, Antony’s showboating prompted a livid response on-line and from pundits whereas his teammates defended him.

“Well that, for me, is ridiculous. He’s [Antony] done that then puts the ball out of play. It’s quite embarrassing actually. Doing that with nobody near him and then he puts the ball out of play,” former Wales worldwide Robbie Savage stated on BT Sport commentary.

“If I was the manager I would not be happy. You’re trying to win the game, move the ball quickly, nobody near him and he puts the ball out of play. Embarrassing. What was the point? If I was the manager and he did that again, I would drag him off.”

Manchester United’s supervisor Erik ten Hag changed the winger at halftime, although he later clarified that the choice had been “more or less planned” to provide Marcus Rashford and a returning Cristiano Ronaldo an opportunity to play collectively.

“I don’t have a problem with tricks as long as it’s functional,” Ten Hag stated after the sport.

“When there is a trick like that, it’s nice as long as it’s functional. If you’re not losing the ball, if you’re attracting players, then it’s OK – but if it’s a trick because of a trick, then I will correct him.”

However the furor continued on Friday, prompting Antony to launch an announcement defending himself.

“We are known for our art and I’m not going to stop doing what has brought me where I am!” he wrote on his Instagram story.

Fellow Brazilian and his nationwide teammate Neymar additionally waded in, writing on his Instagram story, “Keep going that way, don’t change a thing! Onwards, youngster. Audacity and joy.”

In the meantime, pundits akin to Ian Holloway, a former skilled footballer and manger, criticized his “disrespectful” trick.

“I don’t even know what he’s thinking,” Holloway informed Sky Sports activities. “Unnecessary nonsense, you know, practice that off the pitch on the training ground but when you go out there, you have got to be realistic. He gave the ball away two seconds later, he kicked it straight out so come on. It’s disrespectful and it’s silly so grow up a bit.”

Antony’s Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot acknowleged the criticism, telling Sky Sports activities that, “There may be at all times going to be talks after a mistake. He missed the go but when the go went by, Casemiro was in a great place to obtain the ball and possibly help or rating a purpose.

“It’s just part of his game, we are happy to have him.”