Manchester United qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol, although the game was not without controversy.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return to the team, but an incident in the first half saw Antony criticized for what he claimed was a cruise. to do his “spin” trick..
With the game still goalless, the Brazilian collected the ball in acres of space, went through 360 degrees twice and proceeded to miss the play that went straight out for a goal kick.
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New hair, same tricks.
Antony pulls his signature at Old Trafford. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/ZdvjHP3iQV
– CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 27, 2022
Predictably, the double whammy caused a stir as fans on social media and studio pundits debated whether a player explaining himself on the field before giving away unnecessary material was a good thing. or bad.
Antony’s rotation may be the most useless skill I have ever seen in my life.
— Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) October 27, 2022
Antony’s 360° spin trick is impressive. Unhelpful breathing. Maybe it’s not too difficult to do it first. However, it’s clear that he loves doing it and seems unwilling to stop. Amazing.
– Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) October 27, 2022
Roy Keane sees Antony training pic.twitter.com/KAGDkM70rH
– No Context Keaneo (@NoContextKeaneo) October 28, 2022
“Grow up a little…” 😳
Ian Holloway says Antony’s knowledge was “unnecessary nonsense” 🔊🔛 pic.twitter.com/eVRfppv28d
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 28, 2022
🤷♂️ Jamie: “People have been calling Antony a disgrace – I don’t care!”
– talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 27, 2022
It has even been pointed out that Antony’s spin is nowhere close to being part of the most useless “skill” ever produced by a former United winger, largely thanks to the efforts of fellow Andrei Kanchelskis.
Antony’s spin is no more useless skill than a former Man Utd right-back.pic.twitter.com/CDPfAVbjjr
– Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) October 27, 2022
Rating his player for the match, ESPN’s Rob Dawson gave Antony a disappointing score of 4/10 after failing to make much of an impact against Sheriff beyond his viral rating.
Antony has been doing spin regularly and was even made to show it off when he arrived at United this summer with the club. posting an interesting clip on their official social media channels.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2022
A number of prominent pundits have made strong comments after witnessing the violence against Sheriff, and former United player Paul Scholes, early on. belittling Antony for his good footwork by labeling this trick “crazy.” His former United teammate Robbie Savage also slammed the 720-degree carousel as “disgraceful” as he spoke about the game.
However it was also suggested that Scholes’ analysis may have been clouded by negative thoughts of South African player Scara Ngobese. doing the same trick directly in front of him during United’s pre-season friendly against Kaizer Chiefs back in 2008.
This is why Scholes hates being beaten by Anthony because he has been a victim of it when United played in South Africa 😂 https://t.co/chnGclI4c9
— andil.99 (@AndileMhlabane) October 28, 2022
Antony was taken off at half-time against Sheriff although United head coach Erik ten Haag later insisted that the change was pre-planned and was the reason for the Brazilian’s general lack of performance on the night at Old Trafford.
“I don’t have a problem with that [the spin] as long as it works,” the Dutchman said after the game. “Also from him I want more — more runs at the back, more often in the box, more fans and more tempo dribbles, a lot -large, and play more in the pocket.
Ten Haag explained that Antony was replaced due to a lack of energy although he vowed to “fix” the 22-year-old on the right time and place to enter his bag of tricks .
“We want more control in this game and when there is a trick like that, it’s great. As long as it works, if you don’t lose the ball and attract players, it’s good. But if it’s a trick. treacherous, I will rebuke him.
Of course, the reaction to Antony’s spin has reignited the age-old debate about where the line is drawn between realism and unnecessary gamesmanship when it comes to football. Many creative players — most of them Brazilian — have developed the trick over the years.
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 19, 2022
Of course, we don’t have to look further than Neymar who accepted “sombrero“ (tricking the ball over and over the opponent’s head) at a young age and soon made it his own.
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 31, 2021
The Paris Saint-Germain star also has a role in “the horn flies,” catching the ball between his two heels and using them to dunk the ball onto his marker.
Flip flap, elástico, akka or snake bite❓
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 11, 2022
Used by Ronaldo and Ronaldinho among others, the “elastic“or “flip-flap” was a staple of the Brazilian side for many years.
Excellent skill 💫
BOSS it’s useless ❌👀
The end of the group ⚽️
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 5, 2019
Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has carved out a nice little niche for himself as a leading commentator for the underdog. “no-look at the pass.”
✨ Las mejores CROQUETAS sobre el terreno de juego las hacía @andresiniesta8.
– LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 16, 2021
As he was famous for his football skills, Andres Iniesta completed the game “croqueta“ – a quick change of ball between his legs that allowed the former Barcelona player to drop through the gaps between the defenders.
Kerlon seal dribbles were impressive, but they ended well pic.twitter.com/NwR3ryT4rj
— James Dart (@James_Dart) May 20, 2020
Perhaps some of the most infamous tricks were “seal dribble” created by the Brazilian player Kerlon. The ball was lifted and held to the forehead, often until an angry defender put an overly aggressive stop to the action.