In a 3-1 loss to Arsenal yesterday, Erik ten Hag praised Antony’s lethal pairing with Marcus Rashford, who recently joined Manchester United and scored on his debut.
After being acquired from Ajax for £82 million ($94 million), Antony had a fantastic debut, scoring just 35 minutes into his first game.
Some experts questioned United’s choice to spend such a large sum of money on the 22-year-old.
However, Ten Hag is fully aware of Antony thanks to their time spent together at Ajax, where the manager of United previously held a position before taking over the Premier League team in the summer.
In order to wow the Old Trafford crowd, Antony displayed a wide range of abilities and shrewd play, giving the impression that he was a manor boy. He quickly became friends with fellow forward Rashford, who skillfully set up Antony’s precise finish.
Following Bukayo Saka’s equalizer, Rashford seized the lead twice with calm efforts to break the Premier League leaders’ unbeaten start to the year.
They both performed superbly and were a constant threat. Ten Hag added of Antony and Rashford, “I know they’re quick and inventive, and our offensive is incredibly powerful. They are playing together for the first time, and their performance is fantastic.
The first 10 minutes of our game, in my opinion, were our greatest thus far this season.
Arsenal had won their first five games, but United hasn’t won four straight in the Premier League since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team won five straight in 2021.
is just the kind of run that Ten Hag needed his club to embark on following their disappointing losses to Brentford and Brighton to start his reign.
The 4-0 defeat at Brentford was particularly discouraging, but since then, Ten Hag has had the response he was hoping for after urging his men to play with more grit and determination.
Ten Hag remarked, “We are pleased and thrilled with the victory, as well as the performance against a really excellent team.
“This team’s spirit allows them to overcome setbacks. It definitely rocks and demonstrates your mindset. On that front, we have really advanced.
“We have the appropriate people, and now we need to work together. We must maintain composure and play by the rules.
After another positive outcome that revealed United’s 2-1 victory against its fiercest rivals, Old Trafford was a hive of activity. Liverpool wasn’t an anomaly.