Ten Hag keeps Antony waiting for Man Utd debut decision


Erik ten Hag has yet to decide whether to give Brazilian striker Antony his Manchester United debut in Sunday’s clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Ten Hag spent 82 million pounds ($94 million) to sign Antony from Ajax on Thursday.

But the United manager refused to reveal whether the 22-year-old will play at Old Trafford this weekend.

After dismal defeats against Brighton and Brentford to start their reign, Ten Hag’s side have won three in a row, including Thursday’s 1-0 win at Leicester.

Ten Hag named an unchanged squad for United’s final two games, leaving new £60m signing Casemiro on the bench alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has yet to make his first start since joining from Real Madrid and his compatriot Antony is waiting to find out if he will be in the same situation.

“On Thursday he did his first training, individual,” said Ten Hag.

“On Friday we have a team session and on Saturday we have a team session, so I’ll think about it and then we’ll make a decision.”

Winners of their first five games, Arsenal are the only remaining Premier League team with a perfect record this season.

Ten Hag knows they will test United’s recent resurgence.

“I have seen Arsenal, a tough rival. They have started very well, as we all know,” he said.

“During the season you notice that there is a team that spends more time together, with a coach who is bringing his philosophy to the team, so for us it is a good test.

“I am really looking forward to it and we will pick the right XI to start with. But as you can see, it’s not just a team. We have a squad.

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“Also today the substitutes who came on did very well, so I’m happy with that and that’s what we have to keep building on.”

Ten Hag has been heartened by the improvement in United’s form, with their determination to hold onto the lead given to them by Jadon Sancho’s goal at Leicester proving a stark contrast to last month’s chaotic 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

“I have seen some good things. They are more than details but I see that structures are coming, ”she said.

“That’s training camp work, that’s video work and that’s game work.

“It’s about the formation, about getting and creating lines and then making the right decisions.

“But also the decisions with the ball and out of possession, we are taking good steps, we have a base but there is still a lot of room for improvement”.

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