Manchester United winger Antony was stretchered off in the first half of their Premier League game against Chelsea this evening.
The attacker ran at the Chelsea defence before Trevoh Chalobah took the ball from him with a sliding challenge. The referee did not give a foul, as it was a clean tackle.
There was no malice from Chalobah, but Antony went down in pain. His immediate scream and the agony etched on his face forced his teammates to put the ball out of play.
The medics took some time to treat the Brazilian international, and he was eventually taken off on a stretcher.
Marcus Rashford came on to replace him. The England international was on the bench after recovering from a leg injury and illness.
Antony is now doubtful for United’s final game of the season against Fulham on Sunday.
The 23-year-old could miss the FA Cup final against Manchester City on June 3. The injury looked serious enough to keep him out until next season.
United already had a lead over the Blues when Antony went off. Casemiro broke the deadlock early on, heading in a cross from Christian Eriksen beyond a hapless Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mykhailo Mudryk missed a sitter moments before the opening goal. Chelsea fashioned chances, but Kai Havertz and Conor Gallagher were wasteful.
United made them pay as Anthony Martial scored to double the lead just before the half-time whistle. Bruno Fernandes and Rashford scored after the break to make it 4-0.
United only needed a point at Old Trafford to secure qualification to the Champions League.
As for Chelsea, despite looking better in attack, they still lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. Mudryk was lacking in confidence, while Havertz was poor.
They pressed without tact, allowing the opposition to play through them. It was a common feature of Frank Lampard’s first term as the club’s manager.
However, they will take some consolation from individual performances. Lewis Hall looked every bit a top-flight Premier League left-back. Carney Chukwuemeka also looked good.
Noni Madueke was constantly probing and, despite the missed chance, Mudryk was promising.
Enzo Fernandez continues to perform impressively and showed why the Blues should be building around him.
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