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´I know my worth and I will show it´ – Antony vows to silence Man Utd critics

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Apr 2024

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Manchester United winger Antony has pledged to silence his critics after ending his long wait for a Premier League goal on Saturday, saying: “I know my worth and I will show it.”

Antony has struggled since swapping Ajax for Old Trafford in an £86million ($108m) deal last year, only managing five goals and three assists in 52 Premier League appearances.

The Brazilian failed to net in his first 26 league games this season before ending his goal drought against Burnley on Saturday, though Zeki Amdouni’s late penalty earned the Clarets a 1-1 draw.

Antony was also roundly criticised for taunting Coventry City’s players in the aftermath of United’s FA Cup semi-final win over the Sky Blues earlier this month, with the Red Devils inching through on penalties after surrendering a 3-0 lead in a 3-3 draw.

Having struggled to live up to expectations since arriving in England, he was asked by The Athletic whether his price tag had put him under additional pressure, but he says that is not the case.

“It doesn’t really impact me because I know my worth,” Antony said. “The money is the money and obviously everyone speaks about it, but no one would if the performances were at the top.

“It’s just a way of working harder, knowing I can get better, I know my worth and I will show it. The critics are going to exist, and they make me want to work harder and prove it to myself first.

“I’m going to keep working, giving everything for the group because it’s most important to have a good mentality and to be focused.”

Saturday’s draw officially ended United’s hopes of a top-four finish, heightening speculation regarding the future of manager Erik ten Hag.

While Antony accepts United have not been good enough this season, he is hopeful they can end the campaign on a high with another FA Cup final against Manchester City to come.

“It’s been a very tough year for me and the team, the results are not ones we expected,” Antony added.

“I am someone who takes criticism very well and I want to work on it, and I think we all have to focus on finishing the season the best we can.

“We still have five games and we have to think game by game, get better and go into the final in the best way possible to win it.”

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