Erik ten Hag, Gary Neville, Roy Keane and other pundits’ verdict on Manchester United winger Antony

At Fulham on Saturday, the 23-year-old was the clear weak link on the right-hand side as the forward struggled to break down a resolute defence. On 63 minutes, Antony was hauled off to a mixture of ironic cheers and jeers from supporters in a damning indictment of his current predicament.

With all eyes on the former Ajax man to see how he reacts to this dip in form, MEN Sport has taken a look at what some prominent pundits and his manager have said about Antony recently.

Neville was in the commentary box last month as the Reds lost 3-0 to Manchester City. Antony was only on the pitch for ten minutes but in that time managed to pick up a booking for a reckless kick at Jeremy Doku.

In the aftermath of the challenge, a furious Neville said: “Thats absolutely ridiculous, Id just send him off, its absolutely ridiculous from Antony. Its embarrassing.

“They lost their discipline in the last 10 minutes and became a shambles.”

After the dust settled on the defeat, Neville explained on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, how he thought signing Antony was a panic decision.

“Context on Antony,” he wrote. “We&aposd just lost to Brighton and Brentford and the club was in reactive panic mode as per usual and sanctioned and said yes to Casemiro and Antony.

“Now I agree Antony needs to do better but it was never a deal to do in those circumstances.”

Following the defeat at Craven Cottage, Ferdinand sent a damning message to Antony about his current form at United. “You could smell the frustration, let alone hear it, from the travelling fans,” he told TNT Sports.

“He [Antony] has played 11 games this season, zero goals and zero assists. From an attacking player thats not good enough. Thats the hard facts.

“You look today, youve got a 35-year-old on the opposite wing, in Willian. If you didnt know their ages, and their career paths, youd rather have Willian on what youre seeing right now.

“He has to improve dramatically. When Rashfords fit and comes back, which will hopefully be the next game, if Garnacho doesnt start, hed probably sit there and scratch his head if Antony starts ahead of him. Id be doing that.

“You have to have that competitive edge within the squad. But if youre being kept out of the team by a player, you want to know that players actually producing the goods and getting some goals, assists or impacting the game. At the moment, I think if Antony does come out of the team, I dont think he could argue.”

Having signed Antony from the Amsterdam club, Ten Hag has had to justify his form. Speaking recently in a press conference, the Dutchman said: “That is also team, first, and the team is not playing well when we don&apost bring him the balls and I am also responsible for that.

“But obviously, there was also a lot of noise and that dropped his levels. He can do better but all the players can do better.

“Antony is also a fighter, he has the confidence, he is brave and I am confident he will bring the performance that he is the right player for us.”

Last month on Match of the Day, Shearer called out Antony as well as the rest of the Reds&apos attack for not doing enough up front following the win over Sheffield United. He said: “They certainly created the chances today and they should have put the ball in the back of the net more than they did. [Marcus] Rashford, [Rasmus] Hojlund, Antony, [Alejandro] Garnacho, [Anthony] Martial, you have got to ask for more, you have got to demand more when you are getting into these positions.

“They are getting into the positions and they are creating the chances so I suppose the time to worry is when you are not doing that at all. But there are the stats at the minute, McTominay is their top goalscorer and he has only started three league games and scored three goals. The demand to put the ball in the back of the net from those three [Hojlund, Rashford and Martial] in particular but you have to add Antony and Garnacho into that.

“To be in and around the top four, that has to improve.”

Last season, Antony was being targeted by full-backs with challenges and little has changed this year. When asked about the treatment the Brazilian was receiving, Keane sent the forward this warning.

“I think he will have to learn the hard way,” he explained. “Players have targeted him – we saw that at the weekend, where he is trying to make a fool of people and players have tried to go through the back of him, so he will have to learn quickly otherwise he will pick up more injuries.”