3 Ways Erik Ten Hag Can Solve His Right Wing Problems as Antony’s Absence Is Confirmed

3 Ways Erik Ten Hag Can Solve His Right Wing Problems as Antony’s Absence Is Confirmed

Rene Otinga
September 10, 2023 at 2:02 PM
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  1. Manchester United confirmed Antony would delay his return to the club after the international break
  2. The winger’s career is in limbo following explosive assault allegations from different individuals
  3. Antony’s absence leaves Ten Hag with a dilemma on how to solve his right-wing problem

There appears to be no end in sight to Manchester United’s woes after it was confirmed on Sunday, September 10 that their winger Antony would not be making an immediate return to the club.

United released a statement on Sunday, September 10, announcing the 23-year-old’s return to the club would be delayed following accusations of assault facing the Brazilian.

Earlier in the week, Antony was dropped by Brazil following allegations of battery made by his former girlfriend Gabriela Cavalin.

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Erik ten Hag talks to Jadon Sancho during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and RC Lens at Old Trafford on August 05, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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As reported on Sky Sports, two more individuals have come forth with more allegations against Antony, but the winger maintains his innocence.

What is certain, however, is the fact that United will be without the services of their winger for the forseeable future, a development that will come as a huge blow to Erik Ten Hag.

The United gaffer already has enough problems in his squad as he was embroiled in a public spat with Jadon Sancho, while the Red Devils’ injury list continues to grow.

Antony’s absence will once again leave the United boss with some tough decisions to make. Sports Brief takes a look at plausible options for Ten Hag in the right wing.

1.Integrate Facundo Pellistri

The Uruguay international is certainly not Ten Hag’s first choice in the right wing, but the manager is short of options at the moment.

Pellistri was in action for Uruguay during the international break, helping his side to a 3-1 win against Chile in the early hours of Saturday.

His performance in the 71 minutes he played was so impressive that he earned a social media ‘endorsement’ from veteran striker Luis Suarez.

2. Mend relationship with Sancho

Alternatively, Ten Hag could be forced to mend his relationship with the most suitable option for the right wing – Jadon Sancho.

Sancho was absent from the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, and there were hints of a broken relationship with his manager after the winger went on social media to contradict the manager’s claims that he was not training up to standard with the rest of the team.

Meanwhile, latest rumours indicate Sancho could be tempted back to his former club Borussia Dortmund.

3. Tweak formation

Ten Hag traditionally plays with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which can revert to a 4-1-4-1 when United is on the defence.

With the team now devoid of right wingers, the manager may need to tweak his formation to accommodate the players he currently has at his disposal. Marcus Rashford could easily play in the right flanks, but as seen in the Arsenal defeat, the England international is much more effective when he is cutting in from the left.

The return of Rasmus Hojlund, who prefers to play as a lone target man, is also a major boost for Ten Hag.

United’s next game is against Brighton and Hove Albion on September 16.

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