Erik ten Hag: Man Utd signing Antony increases quantity and quality of options – Sky Sports

  • September 19, 2022


Antony unlikely to be available for Thursday’s Premier League clash at Leicester but could make debut against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports; deals for Antony and Martin Dubravka should conclude Man Utd summer business; Aaron Wan-Bissaka set for Man Utd stay

Thursday 1 September 2022 23:45, UK
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Erik ten Hag refused to be drawn on the imminent arrival of Antony at his press conference on Wednesday but the Manchester United manager admitted his satisfaction at bolstering his attacking options.
United have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign the Brazilian winger for £86m, subject to a medical, personal terms being finalised and international clearance, with Ten Hag hopeful he will be available for the Super Sunday clash with Arsenal – live on Sky Sports.
Speaking ahead of United’s trip to Leicester on Thursday, the United boss said: “Firstly we have to sign him, there is an agreement between the clubs, but paperwork is not done so I cannot go too deep on that.”
Asked what qualities Antony would bring, Ten Hag added: “Offensively we need to strengthen our squad, because we have many games to cover. From now on we go three games a week, every three or four days.
“As you know, offensive players fatigue more quickly because they have to run more at high intensity. We expect that from them with our way of play, so we need more numbers but not only numbers, we need quantity as well as quality.”
With a deal for Antony all-but secure, Ten Hag confirmed he expected the signing of out-of-favour Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to be the club’s last this summer.
“I think so,” Ten Hag said. “For this window it will be the end. But when there is great opportunity you have to always be alert as a top club.”
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Antony’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford has thrown further doubt over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has started just one Premier League game this season and would now face more competition for places.
But Ten Hag stressed the 37-year-old remains in his plans as he tries to juggle a congested fixture schedule brought about by United’s entry into the Europa League in September, and the looming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“It’s clear, of course [Ronaldo is still part of my plans],” he said. “We need quality players, and you need more to cover all of the games and to keep our consistency going. That is what we strive for.”
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Ten Hag refused to be drawn on the club’s reported interest in Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, instead confirming that defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka will remain at the club until at least January.
“Of course, Aaron is still here, and we will keep him,” he said. “This squad will go from September until minimum January. We will play with this squad this season.”
United travel to Leicester on Thursday looking for a third successive Premier League victory for the first time since December 2021.
They will be without forward Anthony Martial, who is still recovering from an Achilles injury, but could have defender Victor Lindelof back after he returned to training on Wednesday.
“Victor Lindelof is training with the team, we will see how far he is today, but he was just in one session after a few weeks out. Anthony Martial is not available,” Ten Hag said.
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