It's fair to say Manchester United's last few weeks have been turbulent at best. Under Erik Ten Hag one day they look like serious challengers the next they look dire. The last two weeks alone have seen them lose to Liverpool by seven, draw with Southampton and beat Real Betis 4-1. Given their supposed revival from the post-Alex Ferguson rut, much talk has been given to Ten Hag signings like Casemiro and Antony with one former player saying Antony needed to strive to be more like an Irish football legend.
However, the Brazilian duo aren't exactly enjoying the same successes at the club. Casemiro has been lauded as the backbone of this new success with the only complaint we've heard is that there's not enough of him to go around.
For Antony it's not been as simple, with Manchester United fans finding themselves consistently frustrated by his performances. While at times he's shown glimpses of sheer brilliance, ultimately he's been wildly inconsistent and flaky throughout the season. In light of his form, former Manchester United and Everton player Andrei Kanchelskis has pleaded with Manchester United fans to show patience with the 23-year-old as he settles in, with the hope that brilliance will emerge yet.
Speaking to Ladbrokes Fanzone, Kanschelskis said:
My advice for Man United fans is to please just be patient with Antony. I really believe the club have a great player in him - there's no question about it. His problem right now is finding that consistency. One game he's great, the next? Not so good. But he's still so young and I'm confident he can go on to be a success at United.
Antony needs time, and that's all I ask of Man United fans: give him time. I'm sure after one season playing in England - which is a really tough place to adapt to and settle in - he can go on to be a real success. Wait for him, please; he's a great player
Speaking about consistency being key to Antony improving for Manchester United, Andrei Kanchelskis exclusively told Ladbrokes Fanzone that he should aspire to be more like Kanchelskis's former teammate and Irish legend Denis Irwin.
In fact, there's only one player I can think of during my time at the club, who I can honestly say was consistently good in every single match, and that was Denis Irwin. He's the only player I know who was at the same level in every game. I would say to all players - including Antony - that Irwin is the level of consistency you should strive for. I'm very lucky to say I played with him; he's a great guy.
While we're sure it's sound advice for Antony, it hardly comes as a surprise with so many people that dealt with Irwin singing his praises and declaring his class and importance. Irwin is constantly popping up in Dream Teams and everything in between, from Alex Ferguson's to Roy Keane's the Corkonian isn't short of praise, but Kanchelskis' comments just further prove what a rock Irwin was for that side.
From Casemiro's leadership being likened to Roy Keane's and Antony being told to be more like Denis Irwin maybe Ten Hag just needs a recruitment trip to Cork to improve Manchester United.