Antony breaks silence after missing out on Man Utd squad days after Sheriff showboating storm as he watches from stands


MANCHESTER UNITED winger Antony took to social media after missing this afternoon’s clash against West Ham.

Antony watched from the stands after missing the game against Hammers after coming under fire for his showboating antics against Sheriff in the Europa League.

Although boss Erik ten Hag confirmed his absence was because of injury, and not related to his midweek skill school.

When asked if the spin was the reason he wasn’t playing, United gaffer Ten Hag insisted: “No, nothing [to do with that].

“He is injured. I hope it’s not too bad, I think it’s not too bad. In a couple of days he will be back.”

And Antony made sure he headed to Old Trafford to cheer on his team-mates, despite being unable to play.

He took to Instagram, posting a picture of himself watching on from a box and wishing his pals luck for the match.

The winger wrote: “Good luck, @manchesterunited!!

“In the crowd in another important match for us in the Premier League. Let’s go!”

Marcus Rashford gave the hosts the lead with a bullet header seven minutes before the break.

No-nonsense boss Ten Hag vowed to “correct” Antony after his spin move in midweek.

Antony performed the trademark trick in the first half of the 3-0 win over Sheriff on Thursday, before immediately giving the ball away.

The Brazilian was then hooked at half-time.

His showboating has caused quite the stir in the days since, with United legend Paul Scholes labelling Antony as a “clown” for performing the skill.

Scholes said on BT Sport: “I don’t know what that skill achieves. Even before that, he did nothing in the game. I think he needs a more entertaining skill.

“When you’re three of four-nil up, maybe. I don’t know if that’s skill or entertainment. That’s being a clown.”

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