Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday at Old Trafford in the sixth round of the Premier League. In a game that marked the debut of Brazilian Antony, who opened the scoring, his compatriot Casemiro returned to the bench, entering the second half.
Red Devils coach Erik ten Hag explained why the former Real Madrid midfielder has been a backup, while Antony, who has just arrived, was the team’s starter right off the bat.
– He’s new to the team, so he has to adapt. He has to get used to my way of playing football. Also, Scott McTominay is playing very well – declared Ten Hag about Casemiro.
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On the other hand, the Dutch coach justified the presence of Antony, highlighting the fact that the former São Paulo player knew his philosophy from the time of Ajax.
– Antony knows the style, what we expect and deliver. He can be an offensive threat with his speed and one-on-one.”
Antony was the second most expensive signing in the history of the Old Trafford team, who paid around 100 million euros (R$514 million) to Ajax for the Brazilian.