In the 70th minute, Antony dribbled the ball but couldn’t get past Alexis Mac Allister. The Brazilian considered himself fouled but no whistle was sounded. Due to being too bitter, Antony chased and kicked hard to the foot, causing Mac Allister to fall to the field.
Immediately, Lewis Dunk ran to protect his teammates. Antony continued to lose control and rushed over, repeatedly nudging the 1.91-meter-tall central defender on the Brighton side.
Fred immediately intervened to help keep things from going too far.
Before Antony’s consecutive unsportsmanlike actions, Andre Marriner was lenient when he only showed a yellow card to a winger on the MU side. Meanwhile, the same penalty is also for Dunk.
Many observers believe the kick deserves a straight red – or if not that each incident merited separate yellows.
One said: “100%. He was looking for it from the start of the clip from his body language. Seen red. And then got shown it.”
Another posted: “I immediately thought red.”
This message also spoke for many: “Easily could of got a red card for the kick out then the reaction after.”
And similarly: “If it’s not a straight red there’s two yellows there.”
But other viewers reckon Antony was hard done by due to the angry response from home players.
One: “Red? Only reason it was a yellow was because of the reaction.”
And another observer went even further, claiming the incident would not have happened if the Red Devils’ attacking starlet had been given a free-kick seconds earlier.
He wrote: “Ref’s to blame, nailed on foul on Antony in first place… all handbags.”
Antony had a bad day. The biggest impression of the former Ajax star was a narrow shot from the goal in the 21st minute. In the second half, the 100 million euro contract was lost when Man United could not hold the ball.
Man United squandered opportunities in the first half, only to lose the game to the opponent in the second half. Minutes 90+9, Luke Shaw made all his and teammates’ efforts meaningless with a handball in the penalty area. Mac Allister hit an unstoppable shot from the penalty spot to give Brighton three points.
MU’s away form under coach Ten Hag is alarming. Before opponents in the top 12 of the Premier League, the “Red Devils” only won exactly Fulham, the rest were 2 draws and 8 losses.