Dimitar Berbatov warns struggling Manchester United star Antony to stop doing ‘stupid things’
The Brazilian winger has endured a difficult campaign so far.
The Brazilian, who moved to Old Trafford from Ajax in an £85million deal last summer, has endured a difficult campaign and is yet to score or assist in his 11 appearances for the club in all competitions.
He was replaced just after the hour-mark in United’s 1-0 victory over Fulham at the weekend after another ineffective showing, with replacement Facundo Pellistri showing far more intent in his brief cameo – and even having a hand in Bruno Fernandes’ late winner.
United travel to Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday night before hosting Luton Town on Saturday and Berbatov feels Erik ten Hag may decide to take Antony out of the firing line for the games.
Despite that, Berbatov – who spent four years at United – is still hopeful that the 23-year-old winger can turn things around but feels he needs to focus less on ‘stupid’ tricks and more on supplying his team-mates.
‘Erik Ten Hag likes Antony; everybody knows that because they worked together at Ajax,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘It’s clear he has a soft spot for him because every coach is like this with certain players. Ten Hag is giving Antony his trust.
‘Antony needs to know that every time he steps on the pitch, he needs to justify Ten Hag’s trust, work his socks off to show, “Yes boss, you’re trusting me, I don’t want to let you or the team down”.
‘However, right now, it’s not working well for Antony, so my piece of advice would be to keep it simple, don’t overcomplicate stuff.
‘The moment you start thinking you’re Ronaldinho or Zinedine Zidane while you’re struggling in games, you’re going to suffer even more. Don’t try to do stupid things like tricks that are not beneficial for the team.
‘You’re so quick, use your pace to get in-behind the defence, get on the ball and start to record assists or shoot to score. That’s how simple it is. Stay disciplined and concentrated – it’s not so difficult.
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Antony doesn’t play the next game, though, because everyone saw he wasn’t at his best against Fulham. So, let’s see what Ten Hag decides.
‘There is a talent in Antony, but don’t overcomplicate stuff. When you build your confidence back, then you can start doing the complicated side of the game and showing your tricks.’
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