Manchester United successfully qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Sharif Tiraspol, although the game was not entirely uneventful.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals grabbed the headlines on his return to the team, but a first-half incident saw winger Anthony criticized for apparently showing his boats. Doing his trademark “spin” trick.
With the game still scoreless, the Brazilian collected the ball in acres of space, went 360 degrees twice and then miscued a pass that went straight out for a goal kick.
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New hair, same tricks.
Anthony pulled out his signature at Old Trafford. 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/ZdvjHP3iQV
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) October 27, 2022
Predictably, the double-spin caused a stir as fans on social media and pundits in the studio debated whether a player asserting possession on the field before handing it over was a good thing or a bad thing.
Anthony’s spin is possibly the most pointless skill I’ve ever seen.
— Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) October 27, 2022
Antony’s 360 degree spin trick is awesome. Pointless breather probably isn’t even that hard to do in the first place. And yet, he clearly loves doing it and doesn’t seem to have any intention of stopping. significant.
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) October 27, 2022
Roy Keane seeing Anthony’s spin in practice pic.twitter.com/KAGDkM70rH
— No Context Keaneo (@NoContextKeaneo) October 28, 2022
“Grow up a little…”😳
Ian Holloway says Anthony’s skill was “uselessly unnecessary” 🔊🔛 pic.twitter.com/eVRfppv28d
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 28, 2022
🤷♂️ Jamie: “People are pulling Anthony out and saying he’s embarrassing – I don’t care!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 27, 2022
Anthony’s turn was even cited as the most pointless skill ever used by a winger to play for United, thanks to the efforts of one Andriy Kanchelskis.
Anthony’s turn isn’t even the most useless skill of anyone who has played on the right wing for Manchester United.pic.twitter.com/CDPfAVbjjr
— Adam Harry (@FootballCliches) October 27, 2022
When ESPN’s own Rob Dawson did his player ratings for the game, he gave Anthony a disappointing 4/10 after failing to make much of an impact against Sheriff beyond his viral charm.
Anthony has done the rotation regularly and was even forced to show it off with the club when he joined United in the summer. Publish an admirable clip on your official social media channels.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 1, 2022
Several leading experts have had strong opinions after seeing the case against Sheriff, with former United midfielder Paul Scholes. To humiliate Anthony for his beautiful footwork Calling this trick “ridiculous”. Former United graduate Robbie Savage also called the 720-degree carousel “embarrassing” when commenting on the game.
However, it was also pointed out that Scholes’ assessment may be somewhat clouded by bad memories of South Africa midfielder Skara Ngobse. It does the same trick directly in front of him During United’s pre-season friendly against Kaizer Chiefs in 2008.
This is why Scholes hates that Anthony spin because he fell victim to it when United played in South Africa 😂 https://t.co/chnGclI4c9
— andil.99 (@AndileMhlabane) October 28, 2022
Anthony was substituted in the second half against Sharif, although United manager Erik ten Hoag later insisted that the substitution was pre-planned and more a function of the Brazilian’s general lack of impact on the night at Old Trafford.
“I have no problem with that [the spin] As long as it works, the Dutchman said after the game: “I’m also asking more from him — more runs in behind, more in the box, more follow-ups and more speed dribbles, especially, and more play in the pocket. .
Ten Haug explained that Anthony was replaced due to a lack of intensity, although he also promised to “fix” the flamboyant 22-year-old in terms of the right time and place to dip into his bag of tricks.
We want more dominance in this game and it’s good when there’s a trick like that. As long as it’s functional, it’s okay if you don’t lose the ball and attract players. But if this is a trick. For one trick, then I will reform him.
Of course, the reaction to Anthony’s rotation reignited the age-old debate about where the line is between true talent and pointless display in offensive football. A number of creative players – many of them Brazilian – have developed a trick over the years.
– Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 19, 2022
Actually, we don’t need to look at Neymar “sombrero“ (a crafty flick of the ball up and over the opponent’s head) made it his own at an early age.
– Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 31, 2021
The star of Paris Saint-Germain is also partial to A “Rainbow Flip” Trap the ball between your heels and use them to arc the ball over your marker.
Flip the flop, elastico, aka or snakebite❓
– Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 11, 2022
Used by Ronaldo and Ronaldinho among others, “elastic” or “Flip Flap” He was one of the main members of the Brazilian team for many years.
Brilliant skill 💫
Help BOSS no look ❌👀
End of class ⚽️
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 5, 2019
Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has carved out a small niche for himself as the brash’s main representative. “Pass without looking.”
✨ Las mejores CROQUETAS sobre el terreno de juego las hacia @andresiniesta8.
– LaLiga (@LaLiga) January 16, 2021
Andres Iniesta, who is famous for his skill with the ball, perfected this ball “Crocetta“ – The quick movement of the ball between his legs that allowed the former Barcelona midfielder to slip through gaps between defenders.
Kerlon’s sealing dribbles were impressive, but rarely finished well pic.twitter.com/NwR3ryT4rj
— James Dart (@James_Dart) May 20, 2020
Perhaps the most infamous were the signature tricks “Dribbble Mehr” Performed by the Brazilian forward Kerlon. The ball bounces up and over the forehead, usually until an angry defender stops the play.