Manchester United orchestrated a resounding comeback from their weekend setback, securing a 2-1 victory against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Manager Erik ten Hag’s commendable bravery in reshaping the team played a pivotal role in the triumph.
Despite pressure to include Marcus Rashford, last season’s top scorer, ten Hag opted for the dynamic Antony on the right, a decision that proved influential.
Antony, although yet to register goals or assists this season, showcased tenacity and versatility.
His impactful performance included winning a penalty after a foul by Enzo Fernandez, resulting in Bruno Fernandes’ missed spot-kick. Unfazed by the setback, the Brazilian remained a constant threat on the right.
With 52 touches, two key passes, and the creation of a significant scoring opportunity, Antony demonstrated a stark improvement from his recent performance.
Unafraid to shoot, he tested the opposition with one shot on target and one off target, facing two blocked attempts (stats via Sofascore).
In tight situations, Antony’s quick footwork was evident as he adeptly drew defenders and won four fouls.
His tenacity extended to winning seven duels and executing two tackles, showcasing a willingness to contribute defensively for the team’s success.
Building on his positive display against Galatasaray in the Champions League, the former Ajax star is gradually regaining form after a challenging start to his second campaign in Manchester.
The focus now shifts to translating his efforts into goals and assists, providing crucial support to alleviate the pressure.
Antony’s remarkable performance underscores his talent, warranting his retention for the upcoming clash against Bournemouth.