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Antony “eye test” is not good enough, claims Manchester United academy graduate



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Antony’s time at Manchester United so far has been one that has brought mixed reviews under Erik ten Hag.

Last season, Antony scored eight goals and provided a further three assists after his £85 million move from Ajax to Manchester United, with Erik ten Hag bringing him and Lisandro Martínez along after he switched the Eredivisie to the Premier League.

Antony is also currently at the centre of a domestic abuse scandal, although the player has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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Overall, this combined with his inconsistent performances has caused mixed feelings about his effectiveness as a player – Antony is yet to register a goal or assist this season.

United academy graduate and current Exeter City left-back Demetri Mitchell has issued his thoughts on Antony, explaining that he does not belong in the same bracket as the league’s best wingers.

“Not sure what Anthony brings to the party,” Mitchell said on X.

“From the ‘eye test’ and not stats, can’t see him ever being on the same planet as Saka, Rashford, Foden, Martinelli, (or) Mitoma, just to name a few.”

Antony has been suspended from the Brazil national team while the domestic abuse investigation is ongoing, and Manchester United issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon surrounding the allegations.

“Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the Police are conducting enquiries,” they said.

“Pending further information, the club will be making no further comments.

“As a club, we are taking this matter seriously, with consideration of the impact of these allegations and subsequent reporting will have on survivors of abuse.”