Manchester United fans are expressing disbelief over Gary Neville’s comments about Antony during the commentary.
Antony has faced another challenging performance against Nottingham Forest, struggling to make an impact on the right wing.
At the close of the first half, Neville offered advice to the Brazilian winger, suggesting he should “simplify” his game. In doing so, Neville drew a comparison between Antony and a Premier League legend, leaving fans surprised and intrigued by the commentary.
“Antony has to develop a pattern in his game so his teammates can know what to expect,” he said on Sky Sports. “He has to create parts of his game that are consistent.”
The former Manchester United captain continued to dissect Antony’s game as he referenced ex-Leicester City and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez.
“Antony can become a Riyad Mahrez type of player,” he added on commentary.
But fans online couldn’t believe Neville compared Antony to Mahrez, who won five Premier League titles during his prolific spell in England.
One X user wrote: “Did Gary Neville never watch Mahrez? He was in a different galaxy of talent compared to Antony.”
A second tweeted: “Hahahaha just heard Gary Neville say Antony could be a Riyad Mahrez type player i’ve never heard so much disrespect.”
A third added: “Gary Neville being very disrespectful speaking Mahrez & Antony in the same sentence.”
A fourth said: “Did Gary Neville really just say that Antony could become a Riyad Mahrez type player.”
A fifth commented: “Gary Neville just said Antony could become a Mahrez type player. Sky Sports have to sack him at half time.”
Another wrote: “Gary Neville saying ‘Antony is never going to become one of the best players in the world but could become a Riyadh Mahrez type playe’ is so disrespectful to Mahrez.”
Antony, who cost Man United £85 million, has been unable to justify his hefty price tag since arriving at Old Trafford.
He’s managed just eight goals in 64 games in all competitions and has yet to score this campaign.