Dimitar Berbatov admits he gets ‘angry’ watching Antony, warning Manchester United must part ways with the winger unless he improves soon.
The Brazil international was signed from Ajax for £85million in the summer of 2022 and has endured a miserable 2023-24 campaign under Erik ten Hag.
The winger contributed eight goals in his first season at Old Trafford but has failed to provide a goal or assist this term with his last goal contribution coming eight months ago.
Former United striker Berbatov says he does sympathise with the 22-year-old and believes he could benefit from more advice from his teammates, manager and those around him.
While believing Antony should be given until the end of the season to ‘correct his errors’, Berbatov feels he should be sold if there is no significant improvement by the summer.
‘In a way, I sympathise with Antony because he obviously has talent, and I can see he does try sometimes,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘He looks angry and frustrated when he plays and because of this, he tries to do stuff and overcomplicates things, loses the ball and then becomes even angrier.
‘Antony needs someone on the pitch to show him where to run, how to run and when to release the ball. If he can’t find the answers on his own, he needs a coach, a friend, an agent, his dad, to give him advice.
‘He should even start to watch videos on clips of some right wingers who have been there and done it. After that, if he can’t perform then it’s clearly not going to work out.
‘For me, watching as a fan, I get angry when I watch him because it’s frustrating. I don’t want to compare him to anyone because every player has difficult spells.
‘If Antony can’t get out of his, then he needs to go.
‘If a season is too short to judge someone then Antony deserves a little more time because it’s not fair. If he corrects his errors, then he will be good for the team.
‘He needs to be mentally clever first and foremost and you need to know how to take criticism. If Antony’s performances aren’t up to the standards by the end of the season, I imagine he will look for somewhere else to go.’