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"Disappointed..." - Man Utd star branded "immature" by former Red Devils defender

Chris Byfield

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"Disappointed..." - Man Utd star branded "immature" by former Red Devils defender

Antony was labelled “disappointing” and “immature” by a former Manchester United star.

The Brazilian was signed from Ajax for an eye-watering £85million fee last summer, at the time becoming the fourth most expensive player signed by a Premier League club.

The youngster was quick to make an impression at United, confidently netting on his debut against Arsenal.

However, the 22-year has since managed just four more goals, while reliance on his left foot and an expressive play style have drawn criticism from some pundits and United fans.

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Though it remains very early in his United career, the winger is currently struggling to justify the transfer fee paid for him.

Antony is ‘disappointing’

Former England and United defender Paul Parker, was critical of Antony’s start at United, claiming the Brazil international seemed “very immature on the pitch” and played with a lack of urgency.

Speaking to Soccernews, Parker said: “Antony has done okay for Man United.

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"He hasn’t been amazing but he is also young and needs to adapt to the Premier League.

“But honestly, I think that the vast majority of the fans have been disappointed by him.

“They expected a different kind of player. They expected him to be very quick and run past defenders but he hasn’t really done that.

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“I personally think that he is thinking too slow and he seems very immature on the pitch. He needs to beat people more and believe in himself because he has the abilities to be a very good winger for Man United.”

ESPN have claimed United have accepted privately that they overpaid for Antony, but were convinced to sign him having evaluated the state of the market, analysed the Brazil international’s specialised skillset, and admired his willingness to join the club.

A United source told the publication last week: "We've paid for the player we think he can become, not the one he is now."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Antony, Premier League, Erik Ten Hag

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