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Updated December 31st, 2023 at 13:52 IST

"Should never have been…"- Manchester United legend criticizes Erik ten Hag for his market decisions

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest, leaving them in 7th place. The club legend criticizes Erik ten Hag for his transfer market decisions.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
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Erik ten Hag reacts during an EPL game | Image:AP
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 Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with Nicolás Domínguez and Morgan Gibbs-White scoring for the home team. Marcus Rashford found the net for United in the 78th minute, but it wasn't enough to secure a comeback. Despite having 55% possession and registering 10 shots, with 5 on target, United couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. The loss adds to United's inconsistent form and leaves them in 7th place in the standings. The team will look to regroup and improve their performance in the upcoming matches to reclaim their momentum in the league after already being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League.

3 things you need to know 

  • Manchester United lost to Nottingham Forest ‌2-1
  • United stand 7th on the EPL table 
  • Erik Ten Hags’ tenure tends to be a failure after recent inconsistent performances

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Gary Neville slams Erik ten Hag for his transfer market decisions 

Gary Neville has slammed Manchester United for supposedly investing £85 million on Antony, claiming that the Brazilian does not deserve such a high price tag. Neville said that the board should have listened to the scouting team's recommendations. 

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In an interview with Sky Sports following Manchester United's defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Neville stated that Eric ten Hag overruled the scouting team's suggestions in the decision to sign Antony. He emphasised that it was not Antony's fault that he was acquired for such a high price, laying the blame on the club's decision-making process. Neville's remarks underline questions about the valuation and decision-making underlying Manchester United's acquisition of Antony. Gary Neville said: 

"What looks to have happened here with United. Scouts can't have gone off to watch Antony and signed him off as being worth £85m. It looks like they've allowed Erik ten Hag to overrule them which is worrying because you need strength of leadership at the very top."

"I blame the football club for brining him in for £85m. It's not that boy's fault that he's been brought in as one of the most expensive wide players in world football. He should never have been brought in for that money."

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How has Antony performed for Manchester United so far?

The stats of Antony are very concerning, as with only one goal in 33 Premier League games for Manchester United, Antony's record at the end of 2023 was somewhat low. Notably, the Brazilian has neither assisted or scored any goals for the team this season. These figures provide insight into Antony's play and might support Gary Neville's worries about the player's high cost. There are concerns over Antony's influence on the team's offensive production given his lack of goal contributions inside the allotted time.

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Published December 31st, 2023 at 13:52 IST

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