United's gaffer, Erik ten Hag, has pardoned Antony for his outburst during the Brighton match and praised his passion as a positive attribute. Antony became increasingly frustrated with the refereeing and his inability to win fouls on the pitch. He eventually took matters into his own hands and recklessly tackled Alexis Mac Allister when he was in possession of the ball.
This resulted in a small scuffle among the players, and Antony was lucky to receive only a yellow card. Ten Hag made the wise decision to substitute the impulsive player a few minutes later. Nevertheless, he defended Antony's actions and acknowledged his strengths as a player.
"Yeah, but his passion is a strength," the 53-year-old said. "Of course, until a certain level you have to control it. You need passion & desire to win your matches and emerge victorious in battles.
"He has a strong drive and ambition. To excel as a great player, it's important to stay focused on the game and its requirements without going overboard. It's evident and apparent that he has made significant improvements."
In the game, Mac Allister took revenge by scoring a penalty in the 99th minute, resulting in an open Champions League race. Despite Liverpool's five successive wins, Manchester United remains in fourth place with a game in hand. However, Ten Hag notes that their performance in the Premier League before the Brighton game on Thursday was not too shabby either.
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