Antony has vowed to continue showboating for Manchester United despite being branded a ‘clown’ by Paul Scholes and warned by the manager about this weekend’s opponents.
The Brazilian winger, 22, divided opinion when he performed his signature move – the Antony spin – twice in a row in Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol.
The £82million signing from Ajax in September then kicked the ball out of play rather than to a team-mate after his 720-degree round-trip, prompting a disapproving nod from the United manager , Erik Ten Hag.
Ten Hag promised to have words with his player on future repeats, but Antony has already made it clear on social media that he intends to do just that.
“We are known for our art and I won’t stop doing what got me to where I am!” he wrote in Portuguese on his Instagram page.
That is unlikely to have gone well with Scholes, an 11-time Premier League winner with United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I love seeing skill and entertainment, I just don’t think it’s skill or entertainment – it’s just being a clown,” Scholes had said in his role as a TV pundit. “He needs that knockout.”
Ten Hag promised to “correct” his player if he suspected he was spinning for fun.
“When there’s something like that, it’s fine as long as it’s functional,” said the Dutchman. “If you don’t lose the ball then it’s fine – but if it’s a trick because of a trick then I’ll fix it.”
One of them was an incident during West Ham’s Europa Conference League victory at Anderlecht when new signing Lucas Paqueta – Antony’s team-mate in Brazil – controlled a rabona-style pass just to show he was there. could, much to the chagrin of his opponents. Hammers manager David Moyes has issued a warning to the Brazilian.
“We all know when we think it’s a little over the top,” he said. “We had a moment or two, so I wouldn’t throw stones at glass houses. It’s not It’s up to me, really, to argue, but if you ask me, I’d say, “Hey, watch what you’re doing.”
“I’ve had a few things before where I had to say ‘be careful’.”
One of them was an incident during West Ham’s Europa Conference League victory at Anderlecht when new signing Lucas Paqueta – Antony’s team-mate in Brazil – controlled a rabona-style pass just to show he was there. could, much to the chagrin of his opponents.
Ten Hag also has to deal with the Cristiano Ronaldo situation, with the former Scholes team-mate ruled out of last week’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea for refusing to come off the bench in the previous game but reinstated for the game zero Thursday at the Euro.
Moyes, who succeeded Ferguson at Old Trafford in 2013, said: “Without doubt United have a good manager with good credentials. But Manchester United are a different beast and you have to be ready for that too.”