Man United star told to ‘grow up’ for ‘unnecessary nonsense’ by Bristol Rovers legend

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Holloway, who was a player and manager at Bristol Rovers wasn’t too pleased by the trick

Former Bristol Rovers manager Ian Holloway has criticsed Antony for his showboating in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sheriff in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

The Brazilian produced a skill move in which he dragged the ball around on his left foot in a continuous circle. United were goalless at the time with the Moldovan side when he pulled off the trick and ultimately lost possession after his pass went astray.

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United legend Paul Scholes labelled Antony a 'clown' whilst Robbie Savage, a commentator for BT Sport, was also critical of the moment.

The latest take on the debate comes from ex-Gas player turned manager Holloway, who has delivered a damning verdict on the matter. The 59-year-old took a clear stance which was that it was disrespectful and shouldn't take place on a football pitch.

Appearing on Sky Sports, he said: "Was it relevant? Was it needed? He will be getting a fleeing in his ear to be honest, I would be. For other players, it’s disrespectful.

"I don’t even know what he is thinking. Unnecessary nonsense you know? Practice that off the pitch and on the training. When you’re out there and on the pitch you have to be realistic. He gave the ball away two seconds later and kicked him straight out, so come on.

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"He’s had a great start, I don’t know him but his manager knows him and his manager won’t put up with that and neither will the other players. It’s disrespectful and silly, grow up a bit you know?"

Holloway was a midfielder back in his playing career and had three spells, making 397 appearances for the Pirates. Despite playing in the same position, he didn't want to make any excuses for the World Cup hopeful.

The 22-year-old was brought off at half-time by manager Erik ten Haag, but denies that the incident was the reason behind the substitution. The Dutch boss did admit that he would 'correct' Antony if he was performing a trick just for the sake of it.

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