Frank McAvennie delivers 'ridiculous' Michail Antonio red card verdict after West Ham v Southampton
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Frank McAvennie suggests David Moyes’ grand forward plan at West Ham is set to be unveiled this week after Michail Antonio’s red card on Saturday.
Antonio, 31, was handed his marching orders at Southampton after picking up two yellow cards in the second half.
The second was in the dying embers of the 0-0 draw and proved to have little significance on the game itself.
However, of much more significance is that he will now miss Sunday’s clash with Manchester United at the London Stadium.
After failing to add another centre-forward to his squad this summer, Moyes will be handed an early task to decide who assumes Antonio’s role against the Red Devils.
Speaking to West Ham Zone, ex-Irons attacker McAvennie aired his view on Antonio’s red card on the south coast.
“It’s ridiculous,” McAvennie said. “But I get it, he was frustrated with his game at the weekend and shouting at people. There’s not a lot he can do about that.
“This is where we’re going to find out who the manager is going to play up front.”
Moyes does not have another senior striker on his books, but there are a number of forwards he could utilise in a central position at the point of his attacker.
Winger Jarrod Bowen covered for Antonio during the latter stages of last season while Andriy Yarmolenko and new signing Nikola Vlasic also represent options in that position.
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