Anthony, 22, was brought in for billions this summer and was supposed to be Manchester United’s new shooting star. Now the Brazilian is full of connoisseurs and fans.
The 22-year-old was brought in from Ajax this summer around 100 million euros (just over 1 billion NOK) – United’s second most expensive purchase in history. After a dream start at for the first time The officers have received a lot of criticism in recent weeks.
– He almost never wins one-on-one duels, and it makes me think “Was that really how it was at Ajax?”. Before he was taken I saw videos of him controlling defenders with the ball at his feet.
This is what Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said afterwards Sunday loss away against Arsenal. Sky Sports expert and former United player Gary Neville has also been harsh in his criticism of the Brazilian.
– I want and expect more from Anthony, I’ll be honest. With Jadon Sancho injured, you’d think United would have better options, but they don’t. Anthony has a big job ahead of him, but he is, after all, new to England, says Neville.
Anthony also received criticism, among other things, for this invention:
At Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the League Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, United boss Erik ten Hag had to respond to criticism of the Brazilian:
– I definitely see room for improvement, and I know he can do better. Many have criticized that it is not direct enough, but the team performs better when it is on the field. This is a good thing and something to build on.
TV 2 commentator Oyvind Alesker believes it takes time to adapt to a top club like Manchester United.
When you sign for United, it often comes with a lot of pressure and expectations. We must remember that Anthony came from Ajax, which is a well-oiled machine, while United are still in the construction phase,” Alsaker tells VG and adds:
In addition, we have to distinguish between playing wingers at United versus Ajax. The English Premier League is stronger than the Dutch League, and it often takes longer to find your spot.
Despite the criticism, Erik ten Hag is firmly convinced that the Brazilian has been – and will continue to be – an important part of the team.
– He’s not losing matches to us, that’s for sure. We won most of the games he started for us. That alone says something about how important it is.
– I know it gets better with each passing day. He’s scored in his first three games, and also scored against Everton and Charlton in the cup, so we know what he can do. He’ll get better with time, at least with his repertoire and talent. Ten Hag says he’s making a good contribution to the team.
Tonight Nottingham Forest meets Manchester United in the Carabao Cup at 21:00. You can watch the match on V sport1 or Viaplay, and can also follow it VG Live.
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