Manchester United’s summer signing Antony ignored orders from Erik ten Hag to help the defence during Sunday’s Manchester Derby, MySportDab reports.
Despite the Brazilian scoring at the Etihad Stadium, it was a humiliating afternoon for United, and failed to do enough defensively.
According to The Sun, Ten Hag frequently told Antony he must help out Diogo Dalot when United were under Man City pressure.
That message was make very clear in training sessions ahead of the match and minutes before kick-off.
But Antony left both his coach and Dalot angry after forgetting his part to help the defence, which did not end well.
Right-back Dalot was seen talking to Antony about coming back more to help the defence as Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva kept using the right wing.
Dalot was booked in the second minute of the first half for a foul on Grealish and had to be very careful to avoid a red card in the game.
Left-back Tyrell Malacia was got a yellow card in the first-half as City used the wings very well.
Jadon Sancho, on the left also failed like Antony in tracking back to help the defence more.
Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored hat-tricks, and Antony scored to make it 4-1 on 56 minutes before two Martial goals made the score more respectable.
Former United player Paul Scholes made reference to Antony and Sancho’s poor work rate in an Instagram post.
Sharing a picture of his former United team-mates Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Scholes wrote: ‘You remember when wingers used to help full-backs?’
Given Antony’s time playing under Ten Hag at Ajax, his unwillingness to help out the defence was shocking.
However, United could return to winning ways on Thursday night when they play Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League.