Why Antony missed Man United’s win over Bournemouth – Ten Hag explains

  • Erik Ten Hag reveals why Antony missed Man United’s victory over Bournemouth.

Why Antony missed Man United's win over Bournemouth - Ten Hag explains
Why Antony missed Man United’s win over Bournemouth – Ten Hag explains

Erik ten Hag has provided an explanation for Antony’s unexpected exclusion from Manchester United’s matchday squad against Bournemouth.

The Brazil started against Nottingham Forest and Wolves after the World Cup break and has been regular at United since following Ten Hag to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer.

The winger, however, is going through slump right now and hasn’t contributed to goal since he scored against Everton in early October. Before it was made official that he wasn’t on the team, there were rumours that he might not make the starting lineup for the trip to Bournemouth.

Ten Hag explained the reason for Antony’s omission before United’s 3-0 victory, bluntly saying to MUTV: “He’s injured.”

The manager did not reveal the nature of the injury or when he is expected to be back in action.


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Ten Hag also discussed Lisandro Martinez’s return to United after his 2022 World Cup success and hailed his contribution to Argentina’s triumph in Qatar.

The United boss said of the defender, who made late cameo against Bournemouth: “It’s reward and I think he deserves it. I think it was great performance from the Argentines at the World Cup and it showed when you act as a team, when you play proactive football and you have a winning attitude. And he was part of that, he played a massive role, we value that and now he’s got the reward and I really enjoy that.”

United will hope that Antony’s injury is not serious as they are set to play three games in the next 10 days, starting with an FA Cup clash against Everton on Saturday.

They will then take in midweek League Cup tie against Charlton before hosting in crucial derby clash on January 14.

 

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