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Man Utd player pleads with Erik ten Hag to “market him instantly” because he thinks another Manchester United player can cause trouble

Rio Ferdinand, a former Manchester United player, would not be surprised if Alejandro Garnacho complained to Erik ten Hag about being benched in favor of Antony once Marcus Rashford’s injury healed.

Ever since Antony was acquired by Ten Hag from Ajax for a whopping £86 million, he has been under constant scrutiny.

United’s dismal performances this season have only added to the pressure on Antony and Ten Hag to turn things around.

However, Ten Hag’s team defeated Fulham 1-0 on Saturday, and the Brazilian star, who had appeared dejected on the United bench after their most recent 3-0 loss to Manchester City, was once again unimpressive.

Following Rashford’s injury during Friday’s training session, Ten Hag was forced to make changes to his starting lineup, with Garnacho filling in for the English international.

Whether Rashford will be ready to play in United’s crucial Champions League match against Copenhagen on Wednesday night is still up in the air.

Rio Ferdinand is unsure about Antony’s future in the team after his performance against Fulham.

Ten Hag has persistently stood by the 23-year-old despite his subpar form and lack of productivity, but Ferdinand believes that Garnacho would be well justified in questioning the United manager if he were to be dropped in favor of Antony.

“I can’t say how much longer Antony has because you could sense the fans’ frustration, not to mention hear it,” Ferdinand remarked.

“He has played in 11 matches this season and has yet to register a single goal or assist. For an attacking player, that’s simply not good enough—it’s a harsh reality.

“On the other side, there’s a 35-year-old winger, and if you didn’t know their ages or their career trajectories and just saw today’s performance, you would unquestionably select Willian.

Antony needs significant improvement because when Rashford returns, if Garnacho finds himself on the bench while Antony starts ahead of him, he’d undoubtedly be left bewildered, thinking, ‘How is this guy ahead of me?’

“I would be doing the same, and there must be a competitive spirit within the squad because if you’re relegating someone to the bench, that player needs to trust that the one ahead of him will deliver the goods, which Antony is failing to do. There’s no room for argument here.”

Ferdinand is not the lone former United player dismayed by Antony’s displays. Andy Cole revealed this week that he couldn’t envision playing alongside Antony as a teammate.

“He would drive me absolutely mad,” Cole stated on Sky Sports. “He’s a one-sided player; we all know he heavily favors his left foot. As a center-forward, when you make a run to the near post, you already know you won’t receive the ball.

He tends to cut back, and you’re uncertain when he’ll deliver it into the box. He doesn’t score enough goals in my book, and he fails to create sufficient opportunities for his teammates. So, when you evaluate his contributions, you have to ask, ‘What are you actually providing?’ That’s the expectation from him.”

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