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Jaap Stam slams Man United player who’s ‘not good enough’ for Premier League level



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Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam believes that Antony is ‘not good enough’ to perform in the Premier League with the club.

The Reds were knocked out of Europe on Tuesday evening following their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

United’s inexperienced attack were shown up by Bayern Munich’s astute defensive line. There was only one shot that found the target of Manuel Neuer’s goal.

Antony started on the right wing and played a similar game to usual. He looks promising and able to create half a yard against a defender. But the final action in the attacking third is always underwhelming.

That issue is made even larger when playing against a player like Alphonso Davies. The Brazilian, like Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund, looked out of his depth.

And it’s not the first time he looks unable to create clear opportunities with the ball. Former Dutch defender Stam has criticised the 23-year-old, who he doubts has the quality to succeed at Old Trafford.

“Antony, I don’t think from what I have seen from him and how he is, he is not good enough for this level that we are looking for at United,” said Stam on The Overlap.

“Because you are also looking for a player that when he comes in, he can struggle, he can have a difficult time, but you are still looking at a player who can make progress and can eventually get to that level.

“When you are looking at Antony now at this moment, you don’t really see where he can make the progress to make that next step to the Premier League or to be up there with the top wingers to make a difference.

“In Holland, he did okay. He was not the best player but he did okay, but then again, you are playing in a league of a couple of good players and the rest of them are mediocre players.

“At this level, you need to make the right choice, bring in the players that can make the difference. Oh yeah, I was (surprised by the fee).”