Antony: Manchester United Star Unhappy After ten Hag Plays Him As Left Back in Arsenal Defeat

Antony: Manchester United Star Unhappy After ten Hag Plays Him As Left Back in Arsenal Defeat

Martin Moses
May 13, 2024 at 7:13 AM
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  • Antony was far from happy after being asked to play left-back
  • The Brazilian featured from the bench in their loss to Arsenal
  • Arsenal won the game to maintain their Premier League title hopes

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A viral video of Antony reacting to Erik ten Hag playing him out of position has elicited reactions online. The winger was part of Manchester United's squad that lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 12.

It was only the second time in 17 visits that Arsenal had managed to beat the Red Devils in their own backyard. A Leandro Trossard early goal meant that the Gunners had taken the Premier League title race to the final day next weekend.

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Leandro Trossard celebrates with Kai Havertz after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024. Photo by Stu Forster.
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Despite the loss, Manchester United gave a good account of themselves, pinning Arsenal back for large periods of the game. It was a massive improvement from the team that got thumped by Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

The only undoing for ten Hag's charges was finishing with Alejandro Garnacho particularly guilty of missing decent opportunities to draw the hosts back level.

Ten Hag made his first change in the 70th minute, withdrawing the injured Amad Diallo for Antony. The Brazilian immediately took up his favourite position on the right wing but only lasted 17 minutes.

Antony's reaction to being moved to left-back

Three minutes from time, ten Hag rang up other changes, introducing Cristian Eriksen, Ethan Wheatley and Omar Forson.

In the changes, Antony was asked to give up his right wing and move to left back and the former Ajax player appeared dismayed. He mumbled a few words to compatriot Gabriel Jesus as he took his position. @FootyLens7 said,

"This guy’s entitlement is something else. Needs to be shipped off. No one should be acting like this when we’re losing absolutely embarrassing!"

@Mcsauce2019 said,

"Signed for £80m to play RW! He shouldn’t be happy. The squad is a joke."

The changes failed to have any effect as United succumbed to their 14th loss of the season.

How Manchester United can qualify for Europe

The loss leaves their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season dangling by a thread.

Sports Brief has reported on how Manchester United can still qualify for European football next season.

The Red Devils are still in contention for the few slots but will need results elsewhere to go their way. They also still have the FA Cup final, which could offer Europa League football.

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