Peter Schmeichel “frustrated” with Manchester United forward Antony after Sevilla draw
Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel was left “frustrated” by Antony after the Red Devils’ draw against Sevilla in the Europa League.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team made their way to the Old Trafford side on Thursday (13 April) in the first leg of the quarter-finals. United were cruising in the game and had a two-goal lead before the Andalusian club snatched a 2-2 draw.
Speaking on the BBC (h/t Metro), Schmeichel, who spent eight years in between the sticks for United, was not pleased with some of the Brazilian’s play in the final third.
“It’s been a mixed bag with Antony as literally all of his games have been. He created two chances for himself but then he stopped a lot of opportunities by not being more direct. It is frustrating to see someone of his talent not making more of it.”
Overall, the 23-year-old had a decent outing. In the opening seconds, the former Ajax winger set up Jadon Sancho, who found the back of the net. But the linesman raised his flag for offside.
Subsequently, the Red Devils were on top of Sevilla for most of the first half. Antony also forced Yassine Bounou to make a save after a good effort on goal from him.
The 23-year-old also created some chances in the opening 45 minutes from the right-hand side of our attack. And the winger continued to put in a fine display after the break.
At around the hour mark, the Brazilian hits his trademark left-foot curler from the edge of the box. Unfortunately, the forward’s effort hit the inside of the post and bounced back to safety.
Subsequently, Antony’s frustration got the better of him as the game went on and the winger picked up a yellow card. The former Ajax star was then substituted in the 81st minute and was replaced by Facundo Pellistri.
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Unfortunately, United were unable to hold on to their advantage and two own goals in the final moments of the fixture saw Sevilla grab a positive result. The Red Devils had ample opportunities in the game and should have put the game to bed earlier.
While Antony was once again encouraging, the draw has put the spotlight on his performance. Had we won the match, the Brazilian would not have been a topic of conversation.