Manchester United winger Antony has sent a message to supporters pledging to improve his game.

The Brazilian has been critiqued by the press and pundits in recent weeks, despite scoring five goals already this season.

He is yet to provide an assist, and former star Gary Neville urged him to look to Riyad Mahrez as a player he can learn from and develop his game from.

The Telegraph was the latest newspaper to produce a stinging editorial on Antony’s form, arguing he is failing to deliver on the price United paid for him.

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Antony message

Antony appears to be aware of some of the criticism coming his way, using social media to have his say, ahead of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup semi-final.

He wrote via Twitter: “Important week for us!! Seeking to evolve to give my best to the team!

“It has always been a dream to be here and I will give all I have to honor this club cause we are stronger together!”

Antony’s attitude is the right one. He will know he can improve, and will give his all to do so. He scored the goal which set United on the way to victory in the quarter-final, and also netted in the FA Cup third round.

Criticism was always likely to come his way, it comes with the territory of the big price tag United paid for him. Ask Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba.

Antony is only 22, and is playing his first season in the Premier League. At some point you need to forget the price tag and focus on the player.

Manchester United are a better team when Antony is in the line-up. This was shown in recent games against Palace and Arsenal, when United became more vulnerable late in matches after he was substituted.

While he needs to contribute more on the ball in terms of a killer pass, Antony gives United better shape, helps to keep possession, and occupies opposition defenders.

More goals and assists will come his way. Manchester United fans need to get behind him, with the media being so quick to undermine him and overlook the positive aspects he brings to the team.

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