Antony finally got among the goals for Manchester United, as the Red Devils registered an unconvincing 4-2 win at Newport County to progress into the next round of the FA Cup, where they will face Bristol City or Nottingham Forest.
Antony’s first goal contribution of the season came pretty early on in the game. After being played through on the left by Bruno Fernandes, the Brazilian cut it back to Fernandes, who smashed the ball into the bottom corner to open the scoring in the seventh minute.
After Kobbie Mainoo doubled the lead, the visitors took their foot off the pedal and gave away the two-goal lead after conceding to Bryn Morris and Will Evans on either side of half-time. Antony once again played a part in breaking the deadlock, as he reacted quickly to turn home the rebound from Luke Shaw’s strike.
However, between these two goals, the 23-year-old cut a frustrating figure, leaving a lot to be desired with his decision-making.
One fan on X wrote: “League 2 opponents and Antony still doesn’t look like he has found his level.”
Another noted: “I’m not exaggerating at all when I say Antony is probably the worst footballer I’ve ever seen in a United shirt. That goal changes nothing.”
A third added: “I’ve had enough of Antony already this game, worst player I’ve ever seen at United,”
A fourth weighed in: “We’re playing a team one level above semi-pro yet Antony is the one he looks like he’ll be fixing boilers on Monday morning.”
The fact he struggled for the majority of the game against Newport, who sit 16h in the League Two table, doesn’t bode well for his future at Old Trafford. The same applies to Erik ten Hag, whose side once again lacked any cohesion and composure despite the return of key players like Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro.