‘You can’t do that as a Man United player… behave yourself!’: Peter Schmeichel blasts Antony for his outrageous clash with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, claiming Erik ten Hag will be ‘very disappointed’ in Brazilian winger
- Peter Schmeichel told Antony he needed to ‘behave’ after the clash
- He made a rash tackle on Alexis Mac Allister, and was tackled by Lewis Dunk
- Former Man United goalkeeper says Erik ten Hag will ‘fail’
Peter Schmeichel has hit out at Antony for his rash tackle against Brighton on Thursday night, and his involvement in the subsequent tiff with Lewis Dunk.
Alexis Mac Allister hit a last-gasp penalty to give the hosts a 1-0 win over Manchester United on Thursday night, to spoil Erik ten Hag’s side in their pursuit of a strong domestic finish season.
Brazilian Antony was shown a yellow card for kicking Mac Allister with 20 minutes remaining at the AmEx, and the incident sparked a brawl that also saw Dunk booked for tackling the striker.
At the time of the incident, pundit Alan Smith said the tackle was ‘stupid’ and that Antony only avoided being sent off because it was no higher than the Argentinian.
And former Man United goalkeeper Schmeichel also hit out at Antony after the match when speaking to Premier League Productions.
Antony was criticized for his rash tackle on Alexis Mac Allister and the subsequent reaction
The Brazilian forward was involved in a bust-up with Lewis Dunk and earned a yellow card
Former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says ‘you can’t do that as a Man United player’
The Dane said: ‘We had the incident with Antony where he was really angry and got a yellow card when he stood up to Lewis Dunk.
‘That was a clear foul on him, and it wasn’t given because it’s the line we’re playing now, and that’s fair enough.
‘It was a foul and the linesman was only 10 yards away.
‘But I didn’t like the reaction, it was crazy and he was a lucky, lucky boy to stay on the pitch because that was a red card, there’s no doubt about it.
‘You can’t do that. Then he reacts like this. You can’t do that as a Man Utd player, you have to behave yourself. It’s revenge, you don’t do that, you can’t do that in a football game.
‘Ten Hag was very disappointed, and it was more than losing the game that one of his players reacted like that.’
Speaking to reporters after the game, ten Hag said he was advising Antony to ‘stay focused on your game’, rather than being distracted by opponents.
Erik ten Hag defended Antony’s mentality in the post-match reaction to Thursday’s 1-0 defeat
Antony and the rest of the Man United squad are now preparing for a trip to West Ham on Sunday
But the Dutchman also defended the Brazilian’s mentality, declaring: ‘Passion is a strength.
‘You need passion and desire to win your matches in the game.’
After Thursday night’s late drama, in which the Seagulls avenged their FA Cup semi-final defeat, Man United have a quick turnaround ahead of Sunday night’s trip to West Ham.
Hammers boss David Moyes – a former Man United manager – is hoping to return three key players – Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd – for the clash at the London Stadium.
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