Manchester United legend Paul Scholes had a furious go at winger duo Jadon Sancho and Antony for their uninspiring display against minnows Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League. The Red Devils’ sluggish show almost cost them an embarrassment before being bailed out by a Marcus Rashford brace and an Anthony Martial strike. However, United missed a flurry of chances as the home side bagged another goal in the final ten minutes to make things difficult for Ten Hag’s men.
But United held onto their lead as they earned a hard-fought win in Cyprus. Sancho and Antony were at the heart of United’s dull display as they failed to create anything before being subbed-off. Antony, who cost United £85 million has so far been blow-hot blow-cold for the Red Devils. The winger has faced flak for not bringing something new to the table, as Scholes now labelled him ‘one-trick pony’ in his tirade.
Scholes furious at Antony for not contributing more
Antony has at times looked off-beat in this United team despite working under his former boss Erik ten Hag. While he did manage to score on his debut against Arsenal and net a wonderful strike against Manchester City, the winger has been accused of ignoring his defensive duties on the wings. Scholes had earlier hit out at Antony and Sancho after the derby mauling that they need to backup their full-back as well while defending.
The former Man United midfielder this time pointed out Antony’s inability to do something different in the narrow win against Omonia. The Brazilian is famous for cutting inside from the right and take aim at the goal, which apparently didn’t work against the Cypriot side. Scholes was enraged with his trickery which was well-read and neutralized by the opponent. While speaking on BT Sport in the post-match analysis, Scholes said:
“He [Ten Hag] was right about the wingers being static. Sancho never really runs in behind. He needs a fast left-back really or a centre forward to link up with and he hasn’t really got that at the moment.
“Antony on the other side as well, he doesn’t run in behind. He seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony. He’s always cutting inside and either passing back to the full-back or having a shot. You’re thinking he needs to develop a little bit. It’s still early days for him, we know that. It was just so easy, United just looked so easy to break through.”
While Sancho was taken off at half-time for Rashford, Martial replace Antony in the 74th minute. Thanks to Ten Hag’s substitutions, both Rashford and Martial saved the blushes for United. However, he needs his wingers to do more and do it quickly as fixtures are coming thick and fast for United with 8 more to go this month. Sancho has once had a dull start to the campaign, scoring just 3 goals in 10 games, while Antony has 2 in 5 so far.