Man Utd icon Gary Neville makes audacious Antony comparison during Nottingham Forest clash


Neville spoke about the Brazilian following yet another lacklustre display on the wing for Man Utd, who struggled to create any clear chances at the City Ground.

“He has to develop a pattern in his game so his team-mates understand what he's doing,” Neville told Sky Sports. “That can be just simplifying it. Mahrez is someone I've said before that he should really go and watch and study and look at.

“[Mahrez] only did a couple of simple things in the game but he was always very effective. His team-mates could read his moves. Look, [Antony] has got courage and he always gets on the ball, but what you need obviously is end product and he's going to be judged upon that.

“That will come maybe as he gets a little bit older. But to start with, what he has to do is just start to create parts of his game that are consistent. He's so inconsistent and that can be any young winger.

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“A young Cristiano Ronaldo was very inconsistent but eventually developed things that became repetitive to him and he obviously became one of the great players in the world. Antony is not going to be that but he certainly can become a Riyad Mahrez-type player.”

United shelled out an initial £81.3million to land Antony from Ajax in the summer of 2022 as the winger followed boss Erik ten Hag from Holland to Old Trafford. But the 23-year-old has failed to hit his previous heights as he has contributed just eight goals and three assists in 64 appearances for the Red Devils.

He has endured off-field issues too, as in September, United delayed the player’s return to the club following the international break after allegations that had been made against him but welcomed him back to the fold a few months later. He was then criticised for kicking out at Manchester City winger Jeremy Doku during the closing stages of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Mahrez, on the other hand, starred as Leicester defied the odds to win the Premier League title in 2016. The Algeria international then bagged 78 goals and 59 assists in 236 appearances for the Citizens as he helped Pep Guardiola’s team win four Premier League titles and the Champions League as well as two FA Cups and three Carabao Cups. The 32-year-old departed the Etihad Stadium to sign for Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League in the summer.

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