David Moyes warns players against the dangers of on-field showboating

‘Be careful!’: David Moyes warns against the dangers of showboating as he gets ready to shackle Antony after the Man United winger faced fierce backlash for 720-degree spin… with Lucas Paqueta also receiving criticism this season

  • Antony came in for heavy criticism after his failed showboating on Thursday
  • But David Moyes knows Lucas Paqueta has also been criticised for showing off
  • The West Ham manager highlighted that his side continues several big egos 

West Ham boss David Moyes prepared for his return to Manchester United by saying players need to be ‘careful’ not to indulge in too much showboating.

The Hammers face a United side tomorrow whose winger Antony has been criticised for a double spin turn against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday, especially as the Brazilian then put the ball out of play for a goal kick.

Moyes has not seen the clip of the 720-degree spin, but knows West Ham’s own Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta has also been criticised this season for showing off.

David Moyes has warned players to ‘be careful’ of on-pitch showboating after Antony’s display

Anderlecht midfielder Amadou Diawara said he would ‘not tolerate’ such a display and stayed true to his word as he fouled Paqueta in their recent Europa Conference League clash.

Showboating risks an aggressive reaction from opponents and Moyes, a former central defender, was asked how he would deal with an attacker spinning in circles in front of him.

‘I don’t think I’d have gotten close enough to him, that’s the problem!’ the Scot said. ‘We all know when we think it’s a little over the top.

‘We’ve had one or two moments, so I wouldn’t throw stones in glass houses. I’ve had a couple of times already where I’ve had to say “be careful”.’

Manchester United forward Antony came in for fierce backlash for his attempted skill

United manager Erik ten Hag has said he will ‘correct’ Antony and Moyes, having himself sat in the hotseat at Old Trafford, feels discipline is needed at such a big club.

Moyes inherited a messy situation when he became United manager in 2013, with striker Wayne Rooney being chased by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

At the time, Moyes said sternly: ‘Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week, we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale.’ Ten Hag has shown his tough streak dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo’s tantrums and Moyes said: ‘Undoubtedly United have a good manager with good credentials and he has shown it.

‘But Manchester United is a different beast and you have to be ready for that as well.

‘It is bigger than what he has ever experienced or expected. It is a really big honour to get the chance to manage Manchester United. I’m sure he is grateful and thankful for the opportunity.

The Brazilian attempted his trademark 720-degree spin against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday

West Ham star Lucas Paqueta has also faced criticism for showboating this season

‘There is discipline in all clubs, not just Manchester United. A lot of it comes to the fore because of the players, who it is and the situation. It is part of being a manager now.’

On dealing with big names, Moyes continued: ‘We have some big egos. We have probably England’s best midfielder (Declan Rice) and we have got a future Italian centre forward (Gianluca Scamacca).

‘We have big personalities but part of the job of a manager is to harness and bring them in. It is never a problem having big egos.

‘It would be hard to get worse than Marko Arnautovic if you are talking about egos and characters. I quite enjoy having that. Marko was a challenge and I enjoyed the challenge.’

Moyes claimed the Hammers also have egos and named Declan Rice England’s best midfielder

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