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“Unfinished business…” – Louis Saha urges Man United fans to support outcast with ‘point to prove’



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Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has urged the club’s supporters to stick with one player who has a ‘point to prove’ at Old Trafford.

Saha, 45, joined United in 2004 from Fulham and would go onto win two Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy during his four-year spell at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman made an instant impact following his January transfer window move and scored seven goals and assisted twice in 12 league appearances.

However, Saha found difficulties in the following campaign, with injury troubles throughout the season ruining any consistency in his game. He ended the 2004/05 campaign with 22 appearances and just seven starts in the Premier League.

Saha’s following two seasons at Old Trafford saw more success, with the striker forming a ruthless attacking partnership with Wayne Rooney. He overcame those second-season difficulties and became a fan-favourite before his 2008 exit.

Now, the Frenchman is suggesting that fans should have similar patience with Antony, who has experienced major struggles in his season year in England after a big-money move from Ajax.

The 23-year-old managed to score an all-important equaliser against Liverpool on Sunday to kickstart the United comeback. The Reds won 4-3 in the end with a 121st-minute winner from Amad Diallo.

“Of course, he has unfinished business. Everybody can see that this guy has talent,” Saha told BetFred when discussing Antony. “On Sunday, he showed he also has a right-foot on him and all we ask of players in his position is for them to improve, to be unpredictable and to get goals and assists.

“That’s what the team needs, and that’s what his job is. He just needs to be doing it on a more consistent basis.”

The Brazilian winger had just a single goal and assist before his heroic moment against Jurgen Klopp’s men. Both came in the 4-2 win over League Two side Newport County earlier this year.

Scoring against Liverpool showed the player’s drive, Saha believes, with there being a point to prove for Antony and many others while the club is transitioning under INEOS.

“Antony has faced a lot of criticism and has had periods out of the team this season, but you can see from his expressions and emotion that he wants to play and have the opportunity to prove people wrong,” added Saha.

“Manchester United are a club in transition at the moment. They should be at the top but they’re not, so everybody has to improve, everybody has to prove a point and the fans need to believe in them.”