Antony is missing his signature move
May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023 — Antony’s signature large touch to the left to open up space has been missing since he joined Manchester United, and he missed two opportunities to relive his Ajax years against Bournemouth.
Antony in this moment had the opportunity to cut inside. Large touch to the left, settle the feet and hips, shot far-post either driven on the ground or towards the top left hand corner.
A signature Antony move. One that he passes on for the predictable move to the right.
- Point the top of your right foot towards Antony, to protect the inside move.
- Have the left foot pointed to the left, to ready your stance for the lunge to the left.
- Wait for Antony to make the first move before committing to one side.
- Launch off your right heel to quickly lunge at the ball for the block.
Lloyd Kelly does all of this perfectly.
As many other defenders do when marking Antony 1v1, they show him outside. Don’t let Antony cut in on his favored left foot because he won’t use his weak right foot, and when he does it’s normally not accurate.
Not only does Antony ignore Bruno Fernandes and Wout Weghorst; he again makes the mistake of allowing Lloyd Kelly to close down the space.
He had the opportunity to cut left, open up space, and then evaluate whether or not the pass or shot was the best option. An opportunity he would normally take when he played at Ajax, this season and last season.
Vintage Antony. He needs this amount of space to be effective, and he is the one to decide whether or not he receives that space based on the weight of his touch.
Drive with the left foot, large touch to the left with his back right heel used as the spring to accelerate, and then shoot. Repeat.
When shown inside, he needs to be quick and decisive. Quick jab movement to the right to open up more room, and then low driven cross across goal.
Again, angling his touch to an extreme to create space with his marker.
Then he can use that space he generated from the angle of his touch to attack the space behind the opponent’s defense.
It will take time for Antony to adjust to the difference in speed of the Premiere League and gain more confidence. To get the praise from those that value his off-the-ball acumen, he needs to perform better on-the-ball in situations like this.