Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been urged to give up on Antony and sell him now, rather than sticking by him in the hope that he will eventually come good. Antony joined the Red Devils in an £85million deal two summers ago but has failed to justify his hefty price tag since moving to the Premier League.
The Brazilian winger has not scored or provided any assists for United this season but continues to receive the backing of his manager, who has handed him 11 league starts over the course of the campaign. However, it has been reported that United’s new INEOS backers are looking to sell him and Jadon Sancho for a combined £100m in order to raise transfer funds.
Former Red Devils striker Andy Cole has seen enough of Antony and believes that he should use some of the money generated to land Michael Olise from Crystal Palace, who could cost United’s owners around £60m to buy.
“Is he an upgrade on Antony? Most definitely,” Cole told Betfred. “I read something that Dwight Yorke said about Antony recently, and he claimed that he felt sorry for him, and to a certain extent, I feel sorry for him too. To this day, I’m still unsure why they paid as much as they did for him and you can say he’s young and whatever, but I’m still waiting to see what he’s good at.
“If Olise does join in the summer, then he can bring a lot more to Manchester United because he’s very direct, he’s creative, he scores goals and he’s prepared to take people on. If the move happens, then it’s a signing that could take the team in the right direction.”
Olise has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons but has proven himself as a huge asset to Palace when fit and firing on all cylinders. He has been linked with a potential move to United but recently signed a new deal at Selhurst Park, which reportedly includes a release clause in the region of £60m.
“I like the kid and he’s very talented,” added Cole. “He proved he was a talented kid when he was at Reading, and he’s shown that at Crystal Palace, too.
“Regarding his injuries, injuries are part and parcel of football, but judging him on his performances alone, he’s grown into that Crystal Palace team and he’s still only 22 years of age.”
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