Even when things going were going very well for Antony at Manchester United, Erik ten Hag was demanding more from him. Goals in his first three Premier League appearances was an impressive introduction, but his manager knew there was more to come.
Antony hasn’t found the back of the net or had an assist since the third of those goals, in the win at Everton on October 9. He’s played 530 minutes since that well-taken strike at Goodison Park, although his off-the-ball run in the lead-up to Antony Martial’s goal against Nottingham Forest was vital.
But in a team that is beginning to look very impressive under Ten Hag, Antony is still waiting to really catch fire. Marcus Rashford has been excellent in attack and Martial, when fit, has contributed.
The central midfield of Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes has looked superb and Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have formed an excellent defensive partnership. In a way, this is all to Antony’s benefit.
“We have to expect more from him,” Ten Hag said after he’d scored his third Premier League goal at Goodison Park.
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