Antony starts for Manchester United against Arsenal as Brazilian is given full debut


    Antony started for Man Utd against Arsenal just days after completing his move from Ajax
    Antony started for Man Utd against Arsenal just days after completing his move from Ajax (Picture: Getty)

    Erik ten Hag has handed Antony his full debut for Manchester United as the Red Devils take on Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    The Brazilian joined the club in a £84million deal earlier this week and has only trained twice with his new team-mates.

    The 21-year-old essentially went on strike at Ajax in order to force through a move to the Theatre of Dreams and he missed the club’s two league matches before his move, as well as numerous training sessions.

    But Ten Hag has opted to start the Brazil international, with Anthony Elanga dropping to the bench.

    Speaking to Sky before the match, Ten Hag said Antony’s speed was a crucial part of his decision.

    ‘He knows the style we want to play and what we expect and demand,’ said Ten Hag.

    ‘He can be an offensive threat with his speed in one on ones.’

    Casemiro had also hoped to make his full debut for the club but his wait goes on as Scott McTominay is once again paired with Christian Eriksen.

    It’s the only change for United as Ten Hag looks to make it four wins on the bounce, having lost his first two games in charge.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko has been passed fit to start for Arsenal, having passed a late fitness test.

    Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard also start, having suffered slight knocks in the side’s win against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

    Kieran Tierney drops to the bench.

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