Paul Scholes responds to Antony comments about ‘malicious’ Manchester United critics

Antony joined United from Ajax in a deal worth 86million last summer and Erik ten Hag, who signed him in Amsterdam, pushed hard to bring the winger to Manchester.

But his first season at United was widely regarded as disappointing and he contributed just eight goals and three assists.

Antony has lost his starting place on the right wing in this campaign and Scholes has been among the pundits in the media to criticise his performances.

The player hit out at the criticism he&aposs received in an interview with The United Stand on Wednesday, saying: “Today, I see criticism coming from former club players and other people in the media, who unreasonably express their opinions and influence thousands of fans, sometimes even when I do not play.

“But I&aposve never seen them give constructive criticism, which will help me be a better professional. None of them have ever sent me a message to see how I am feeling, especially during this period of turbulence that I am going through. The “digital court” is ruining lives; contexts are left aside, and the truth no longer matters.

“No one has ever given me anything, I have always fought hard for everything I achieved! I would like to know how these people who make these unfair and malicious criticisms fared in my place.”