Manchester United reports that Anthony is getting closer to his potential at Manchester United and left a deep impression in the victory over Chelsea.
The game against Chelsea was a cathartic night for Anthony, who in the past nine days has moved one step closer to the £86.3m United invested 15 months ago. Anthony played a role in the first and third goals against Galatasaray. At Old Trafford, Enzo stepped on Anthony’s foot in the penalty area, giving B Fee a penalty kick. While there are many detractors of Ten Hag in the United dressing room, Anthony is not one of them.
Anthony did not start against Newcastle and Rashford was mocked for his laziness. When Anthony appeared in the 61st minute, he was Manchester United’s most threatening attacker. This change in attitude was notable when, as City beat Manchester United in the derby in October, Anthony sat glumly on the bench shaking his head. When he came on as a substitute, he was fortunate not to be sent off for a wayward kick on Doku.
In Ten Hag’s eyes, he is the most trustworthy left and right winger candidate. Diallo has returned to full training, but it is uncertain whether he will stay at United beyond the summer transfer window. In the game against Bayern on September 20, Pellistri had not started since September 30. Rashford has always been a stop-gap option on the right, where he has struggled as usual.
Anthony was a wise choice to replace Rashford against Chelsea. This was the first time Anthony played 90 minutes in the league all season. Ten Hag’s game management that night said it all. Anthony was outstanding as United looked to win.
Anthony still has no goals or assists this season. His last goal was against Nottingham Forest in April, which is by far his best performance at Manchester United. Ten Hag once compared him to Robben: “His cutting inside is so good. People say Robben only has one way to break through. This is great, no one can stop him.”