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Brazil legend launches staunch defence of “great” Antony, gives Man Utd transfer advice



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Brazil legend Rivaldo has launched a staunch defence of Manchester United winger Antony despite a difficult spell in the Premier League.

Antony, 24, has found life difficult at United since his move in the summer of 2022. This season, in particular, he has been unable to make an impact.

With just one goal and one assist in 29 Premier League appearances this term, Antony is unlikely to start either of the last two games of the season, with Amad Diallo impressing in recent games.

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Despite the doubt surrounding the former Ajax winger, Brazilian legend Rivaldo has come to the defence of Antony, who he believes is a “great player” and has plenty of time to develop.

“I still say Manchester United winger Antony is a great player. He’s already played in a World Cup for Brazil and he’s still young with plenty of football to play,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

INEOS are looking to reshuffle the pack at Old Trafford, and Antony could be one of the players offloaded despite signing for the club just two years ago for a monumental £85 million fee.

Yet, Rivaldo has suggested that this could be the best move for Antony. The former Barcelona attacker has stated that a move to a team abroad could help reignite his fellow countryman’s career.

In particular, La Liga was mentioned as a potential destination for Antony, with Rivaldo stating that the 24-year-old could fit into any of the big teams in Spain, such as Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“He’s currently at a club that’s been going through difficult times for a while now, so in my opinion leaving England could be good for him,” explained Rivaldo.

“Moving to a side in Spain, Germany, or Italy could be fundamental for his progression now. With his skills and the football that he can play, I think that he would fit very well into any big team in Spain, for example.

“It could be good for him to go to a club where he can return to playing regularly and aim to get back into the Brazilian team. Who knows, maybe in 2026, he can play in another World Cup.”