Erik ten Hag’s reaction to Antony’s pointless Man Utd showboating caught on TV
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag looked less than impressed with star winger Antony after he showboated against Sheriff Tiraspol.
The tricky Brazilian pulled off one of his trademark 720 degree turns in the first half of the Europa League tie at Old Trafford with the score at 0-0, before proceeding to hit his subsequent pass out of play. TV cameras caught Ten Hag's priceless reaction to the moment.
The Dutch manager closed his eyes and shook his head in disappointment at the pointless skill move. Speaking about it post-match, he said: "I don’t have a problem as long as it is functional so I will sort with him.
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"I demand more – more runs in behind, more often in the box, more followings in and more tempo dribbles especially, and more playing in the pocket.
"We demand more dominance in this game and now then there's a trick like this it's nice as long as it's functional, you're not losing the ball, attractive plays, then it's ok. But it's a trick, because of the trick, then yeah I will correct him."
Antony was replaced by Marcus Rashford at half-time, but Ten Hag said the change wasn't because of the showboating.
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He continued: "No. It was more or less planned. I wanted to see Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Marcus Rashford closer together and I thought [Alejandro] Garnacho was playing quite well."
United legend Paul Scholes didn't hold back in his analysis at half-time. He told BT Sport: "I don't know what he's doing. It's just ridiculous. It's showboating. What is he thinking? I think he needs that kicking out of him."
And co-commentator Robbie Savage was just as unimpressed. He said: "Well that for me is ridiculous because he's done that and then he puts the ball out of play.
"Quite embarrassing actually, doing that with nobody near him and then he puts the ball out of play. If I was the manager I would not be happy.
"And you can hear the crowd. He's trying to win a game, move the ball quickly, nobody near him and he puts the ball out of play. Embarrassing."
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