Rio Ferdinand jubilantly hails the impact of substitute Antony
‘That’s what you want to see’: Rio Ferdinand jubilantly hails the impact of substitute Antony as the Brazilian guided Manchester United into the last-16 of the Europa League with his late winner against Barcelona
- Man United progressed into Europa League last-16 with a 2-1 win over Barcelona
- Brazilian star Antony came off the bench to notch the winner in the 73rd minute
- Rio Ferdinand jubilantly hails the impact of the substitute on an Instagram video
Rio Ferdinand has hailed substitute Antony for being the hero, as Manchester United bagged a place in the Europa League last-16 after beating Barcelona in the play-off round.
The Red Devils came from behind after a first-half goal from the Catalan giants Robert Lewandowski in the second-leg at Old Trafford.
Fred equalised before his fellow Brazilian Antony came off the substitutes bench to send United into the next round with his 73rd minute strike.
The former Ajax winger has struggled for form of late, but made an instant impact when he replaced Wout Weghorst by creating a few chances at 1-1.
He was rewarded for his efforts in the 73rd minute when a blocked shot from Fred landed on his left foot and he made no mistake as he drilled a shot beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s reach.
Brazilian Antony scored a late winner to help Manchester United to a 2-1 victory over Barcelona
The former Ajax winger drilled a shot beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s reach in the 73rd minute
Rio Ferdinand hailed Antony on video after helping United progress in the Europa League
United legend Ferdinand was quick to praise his performance and believes something special is happening at his former club under Erik ten Hag this season.
Ferdinand jubilantly celebrated by posting a video on his Instagram, in which he said: ‘Antony, Antony! That’s what you want to see. People coming off the bench and making an impact.’
‘Not sulking, adding to the cause, getting us through to the next round. Here we go!
‘Man United are through to the next round after beating Barcelona who are top of La Liga.
‘Let’s go! I’m not getting carried away. I can feel something. Into the next round, calm, cool and collected. Let’s go man.’
The former defender is now predicting United will build on that victory and bag their first piece of silverware when they face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
The former defender is now predicting United will beat Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final
He added: ‘Carabao Cup final, Newcastle are going to get put down, I said 2-1 today. I’m going 2-0 at the weekend.
‘Pope is out, Newcastle are out of form, Man United are in form. We’re on the crest of a wave right now, but I’m not getting carried away.
‘I’ll see you at Wembley.’
United continue to fight for silverware on four different fronts with the Carabao Cup, Europa League, FA Cup and they even have an outside chance in the Premier League title race.
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