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Man Utd 3-1 Arsenal: Ten Hag delighted by brilliant Antony debut

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The Brazilian star found the back of the net in his first game for the Red Devils.

Erik ten Hag has explained his decision to start Antony in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Following an £85m move from Ajax, Antony went on to start for the Red Devils in his first squad selection at Old Trafford. 

Ten Hag trusted his former Ajax player to play ahead of Anthony Elanga down the right-hand side, hoping to use his pace on the counter-attacks.

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His plan paid off when Antony opened the scoring for Man Utd in the 35th minute. The 22-year-old has played on both wings before, but it seems Ten Hag has made his decision to use him as a right winger. 

“He [Antony] can be a really good threat on the right wing with his speed, without the ball, his movement, but also with his dribbles,” the Man Utd boss told MUTV“He’s also very good at pressing and that’s what we need against Arsenal, who are a good playing football team.

“If you let them play that’s a problem, so we need to really be good pressing and pressing the back line of Arsenal. Yes [biggest test], but also for them, that’s clear. It’s a big test, but the biggest test I think was Liverpool.

“Now this is another test, different styles and you have to be good with what I’ve said, the pressing has to be good.”