Antony makes Manchester United debut as Erik ten Hag decides to keep Cristiano Ronaldo on bench

    Erik ten Hag has handed Antony his Manchester United debut for their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

    The in-form Gunners visit Old Trafford hoping to make it six wins in six games but their opponents have handed them a swift curveball.

    Antony starts for Man United against Arsenal

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    Antony starts for Man United against Arsenal

    Antony’s signing was confirmed this week and he starts immediately

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    Antony’s signing was confirmed this week and he starts immediately

    The £82million winger only had his transfer confirmed on deadline day and has been immediately thrown into the mix against the Gunners.

    It’s become rarer for new signings to be thrown in at such an early stage but the fact he played for Ten Hag at Ajax appears to have won him a start over Anthony Elanga.

    The Brazilian gets his start ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow new signing Casemiro who both remain on the bench for the fixture.

    Ten Hag has also kept faith in his backline after their recent improvements meaning Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez continue at centre-back ahead of Harry Maguire.

    Full-backs Tyrell Malacia and Diogo Dalot remain in place as well, along with goalkeeper David de Gea.

    Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay are the midfield duo who get the nod ahead of Casemiro, while Bruno Fernandes starts too with Sancho on the left wing.

    Ronaldo has been forced to settle for a substitute role and continues in it against Arsenal

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    Ronaldo has been forced to settle for a substitute role and continues in it against Arsenal

    Ronaldo was all smiles heading to the game, though

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    Ronaldo was all smiles heading to the game, though

    Marcus Rashford continues as the lone frontman in Ronaldo’s place.

    Meanwhile, there was just one change for Arsenal with Oleksandr Zinchenko return in place of Kieran Tierney.

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