Erik ten Hag has yet to decide whether to give Brazilian striker Antony his Manchester United debut in Sunday’s game against Premier League leader Arsenal. Ten Hag poured out 82 million pounds ($94 million) on Thursday to take over Antony from Ajax. But the United manager declined to reveal whether the 22-year-old will be seen at Old Trafford this weekend. After dismal defeats to Brighton and Brentford to start his reign, Ten Hag’s side have won three in a row, including Thursday’s 1-0 win over Leicester.
Ten Hag named an unchanged squad for United’s last two games, leaving Casemiro on the bench alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Brazilian midfielder Casemiro has yet to make his first start since coming from Real Madrid and his compatriot Antony is waiting to find out if he will find himself in the same situation.
“Thursday he did his first individual training,” said Ten Hag.
“Friday we have a team session and Saturday we have a team session, so I will think about it and then we will make a decision.”
Winners of their first five games, Arsenal are the only remaining team in the Premier League to set a perfect record this season.
Ten Hag knows they will put United’s recent revival to the test.
“I’ve seen Arsenal, a tough opponent. They started very well, as we all know,” he said.
“In the season you see that there is a team that has been together longer, with a coach who brings his philosophy into the team, so for us it is a good test.
“I’m really looking forward to it and we’ll pick the right XI to start. But as you can see, it’s not just a team. We have a squad.
“The people in hiding also did very well today, so I’m happy with that and we have to build on that.”
Ten Hag was encouraged by the rebound in United’s form, with their determination to hold on to the lead given to them by Jadon Sancho’s goal at Leicester, which is a stark contrast to last year’s disorderly 4-0 defeat. month at Brentford.
“I’ve seen good things. It’s more than details, but I see structures coming,” he said.
“That’s work on the training field, that’s work on the video and that’s work in the games.
“It’s about training, about drawing lines and creating and then making the right decisions.
“But also the decisions on the ball and from possession. We are making good steps, we have a base, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”
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