Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stated that he will correct any of his players who perform skills for the sake of performing them.
This follows Antony’s unnecessary spins in the 3-0 Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol.
United qualified for the knockout phase with a game to spare, thanks to goals from Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford, and Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
The result sets up a Group E clash at Real Sociedad next Thursday, when failure to overtake the Spanish leaders in the standings will result in a knockout play-off against a Champions League dropout.
But one of the main talking points after beating Sheriff was Antony’s double spin skill in the first half – something several pundits branded “embarrassing” after the summer signing then put the ball out of play.
Ten Hag, who went on to take the Brazil international off at half-time, said: “I don’t have a problem with that as long as it’s functional.
“Also from him I demand more – more runs behind, more often in the box, more followers in and more tempo dribbles, especially, and more playing in the pocket.
“So, we demand more dominance in this game and when there is a trick like that, it’s nice.
“As long as it’s functional, if you’re not losing the ball and you’re attracting players, then it’s OK.
“But if it’s a trick because of a trick, then I will correct him.”