Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and football pundit, Jermaine Jenas, voiced his frustration with Manchester United winger Antony following his lackluster performance against Fulham on Saturday.
Despite Manchester United securing a 1-0 victory, their overall display left much to be desired, with the team struggling to impose their authority on the game.
Jenas, however, singled out the Brazilian winger for criticism, holding him accountable for his underwhelming performance.
As reported by Express, Jenas criticized Antony for what he perceived as a lack of effort, especially in failing to contribute to the team’s defensive efforts against a threatening Fulham attack.
“Everyone on the planet knows what Willian wants to do there; he wants to cut in on his right foot and take a shot,” the pundit exclaimed, adding, “Simply sticking your leg out and putting your team under pressure like that towards the end of the first half is inexcusable.”
Jenas didn’t limit his critique to Antony’s defensive shortcomings. He accused the 23-year-old winger of stifling United’s attacking plays and making no positive impact on the game.
“I can’t fathom how he stayed on the pitch as long as he did. It was a poor performance,” the retired footballer emphasized.
Despite facing a barrage of criticism, Antony received public support from United manager Erik ten Hag.
Following the team’s 3-0 loss to Newcastle United in the midweek Carabao Cup clash, Ten Hag reiterated his confidence in the player, stating that Antony is the right fit for the club.
However, Antony, who recently returned to the field after a brief absence due to legal issues, is already under pressure to deliver.
With the possibility of Jadon Sancho no longer being part of Ten Hag’s plans, players like Antony and Rashford will need to step up their game to revive United’s lackluster attack.
If they fail to do so, United might consider delving into the transfer market in January to secure a suitable replacement.