Antony tipped to ‘get fed up’ with Erik ten Hag after recent development during Manchester derby.
Manchester United star Antony could get ‘fed up’ with his manager Erik ten Hag at the club, it has been claimed.
In the brief period since his transfer from Ajax, the Brazilian international has already scored three goals for the Red Devils.
Recently, it was revealed that he had infuriated his manager by disobeying instructions to track back during the team’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City less than two weeks prior.
Manchester United spent big on Antony back in the summer transfer window, with the Red Devils forking out a huge £86million to bring the 22-year-old to Old Trafford.
It recently emerged, however, that Antony angered Ten Hag during the defeat to City by failing to track back.
Though he scored a stunner at the Etihad Stadium, it wasn’t enough as hat-tricks from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland gave the home side all three points.
And former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie, speaking to Football Insider, believes Antony could soon become disgruntled under Ten Hag – despite the duo previously working together at Ajax.
“I have seen him just outside the box and firing the ball up the pitch and I think ‘what are you doing back there’,” he told Football Insider.
“It is alright chasing somebody back but you can’t do that all the time.
“He is an attacking player who is chasing it and having to boot it up the park to nobody.
“I get fighting for the team and getting back but when you pay that kind of money for an attacking player you want him up there doing things that he is supposed to.
“It is taking his basic rights away. He will get fed up with it.
“It is alright doing it and helping your teammates once or twice but you can’t do it all the time.“
However, Ten Hag feels that Antony must work harder to improve at United, despite the impressive start to life he’s enjoyed so far.
“He can go both ways with both feet. He has to work on that point,” said the 52-year-old.
“We already did that in Amsterdam with him, working on that. He can cross with his right foot too but he’s a young player who we have to develop and he has to develop himself too.”
And he added: “We have to expect more from him.
“He needs challenges, that’s why he came to the Premier League and he gets that here.
“He wants to play with the best players and the highest stress factors and against the best players. From there on he will step up and that’s what you see.
“[In the] the first week he was scoring goals and he has done good stuff but I also see a lot of room for improvement in his game.”