‘He can’t beat anyone’ – Rio Ferdinand says Antony was ‘hesitant’ against Arsenal and admits to ‘concern’ at record Manchester United signing

    Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he’s ‘concerned’ about Antony’s inability to dribble past players.

    The Manchester United star arrived from Ajax for £85million over the summer and has showed glimpses of his talent, but has largely found like in England frustrating.

    Antony has endured mixed fortunes since arriving at Manchester United

    Getty

    Antony has endured mixed fortunes since arriving at Manchester United

    Antony was hauled off after 71 minutes against Arsenal after a largely ineffective display

    Getty

    Antony was hauled off after 71 minutes against Arsenal after a largely ineffective display

    Since joining, the Brazilian has scored five goals in 19 matches so far this term, providing no assists in the process.

    Antony started the 3-2 defeat against Arsenal, but was hauled off after 71 minutes due to a largely ineffective display.

    While gaining admiration for his flicks and tricks, ex-United defender Ferdinand admits that he needs to improve his ability in taking on his man.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “The concerning thing for me with somebody like Antony is that he can’t beat anyone – and for a Brazilian that’s surprising!

    “He just doesn’t beat anyone and I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Was that always the way?’

    “I’ve seen clips of him when he was at Ajax and he was somebody who used to beat people. I saw [Thomas] Partey – who I wouldn’t put down as like a roaster, a sprinter – absolutely burst past him, and I’m thinking, ‘Woah, he [Antony] hasn’t got much power in them legs!’ So, yeah, he’s a tricky winger, but tricky wingers – you want them to still be able to beat the defender.

    The winger needs to work on his ability to take on his man, according to Ferdinand

    Getty

    The winger needs to work on his ability to take on his man, according to Ferdinand

    “Even [Oleksandr] Zinchenko, he’s a great player, great footballer, but defensively you get him one-v-one and you’re a wide-man, you should feel, ‘I can get hold of this guy and I can deal with him’.

    “You want a winger to be going past full-backs without any hesitation at all and with Antony, as much quality as he has on the ball and his technique and stuff like that, [he doesn’t beat defenders].”

    Keep up to date with all the latest news, rumours and gossip with our LIVE transfer blog

    Source

    Previous articleChelsea set to hand contract extension to 38-year-old centre-back
    Next articleForget Eddie Nketiah, Oleksandr Zinchenko was the real star against Manchester United, with heat map and statistics showing Arsenal star’s outrageous influence – and post-match comments prove he is a winner