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“He’d drive me mad” – Andy Cole doubles down on Man United player criticism



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Andy Cole was not impressed by Manchester United forward Antony during the club’s 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United on Wednesday evening.

The Reds crashed out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round and were unable to conjure up any clear-cut chances throughout the game against The Magpies.

Antony, who started the clash, had one shot early in the second half, after cutting inside from the right, whilst Erik ten Hag’s were beginning to get a foot-hold on the game. It was blasted well over the bar.

That has been his signature move since his big-money transfer from Ajax – a curling effort from the right side of the pitch – but it has simply not worked nearly enough. The winger scored just eight goals last term and has none this season.

He is not creatively dominant either. And it’s proven difficult for him to adapt to the Premier League and playing at Old Trafford.

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Andy Cole, who helped lead the line at United between 1995 and 2001, stated in April that he would pull his hair out if he played with Antony, and has now doubled down on his criticism of the 23-year-old.

“He would drive me absolutely mad,” Cole told Sky Sports.

“He’s an individual, we all know he’s very left-footed, he’s an individual who never goes to the right-hand side so as a centre-forward, if you’re making a run to the near post you know you’re never going to get it.

“He’s going to check back, you’re not sure when he’s going to put it in the box.

“He doesn’t score enough goals for me, he doesn’t create enough chances for his teammates. So you look at that and say, ‘okay, what are you giving?’. That’s what you’re expecting from him.

“They’ve spent a hell of a lot of money on him, the manager’s backed him and he’s found it really, really tough.”