Manchester United beat Newport County 4-2 in the fourth round of the 2023-24 English FA Cup at Rodney Parade in Newport, England, at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday (Korea time). Newport County is ranked 16th in the second (fourth division) of the English league.
Manchester United led by Bruno Fernandes’ first goal in the 7th minute. Anthony’s pass was pushed into the corner of the goal. Diogo Dalot then broke through the right side in the 13th minute and passed to Kobe Mainu, who shook the net with a right-footed shot.
However, Newport County’s pursuit began afterwards. Bryn Morris made a comeback with a powerful mid-range shot at 36 minutes in the first half. It was a deflected goal off Lisandro Martinez. Then, at 2 minutes in the second half, Will Evans pushed in a grounder cross that Adam Lewis put on to tie the game.
It was Antony who saved Manchester United in crisis. Luke Shaw’s right-footed shot hit the post in the 23rd minute of the second half, which went in front of Antony. Antony regained the lead by calmly pushing it in. Then, in the second half of extra time, Rasmus Hoyleun’s wedge goal made Manchester United laugh.
Antony scored his first goal of the season. He scored in the 31st round of the 2022-23 season of the English Premier League (EPL) against Nottingham Forest on April 17, 2023, before scoring in 287 days.
Gabriel Agbonraher, who played for Aston Villa in the past, said on social media, “Antoni kisses the emblem as if he scored against Real Madrid. I think he has found a level where he can shine.”
Antony left AFC Ajax in the Netherlands in August 2022 and moved to Manchester United. The transfer fee was 95 million euros (about 137.7 billion won) and a bonus of 5 million euros (about 7.2 billion won). He brought in a huge amount of money, but his performance was not good enough. He played 44 games in the 2022-23 season, with eight goals and three assists. He did not play well this season. He had one goal and one assist in 23 games, and both of his offensive points came in the game against Newport County.
Meanwhile, Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes made a harsh comment in an interview with British media outlet BBC. “Obviously, it wasn’t the result we wanted. We won the game we wanted, but the result wasn’t perfect for us,” he said. “We didn’t want to allow a goal. The first goal was an unbelievable goal.”
“We had a chance to make it 3-0, but sometimes we don’t make the best decision for the team because everyone wants to score if we are 2-0 ahead in such a game,” he continued, “I think we finished the game well.”