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Erik ten Hag confirms where Antony will play for Manchester United this season

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Erik ten Hag confirms where Antony will play for Manchester United this season

Once his deal to  Manchester United is finalized, Antony will play on the right side for the club.

United and Ajax have agreed on a sum of £85.51 million, making the Brazilian their second-most expensive player after Paul Pogba.

Antony, who is 22 years old, scored 20 goals in two seasons while playing on the right wing for Ajax under Ten Hag.

The left-footed player will balance out a United assault dominated by right-footed wingers who excel on the left.

“If it happens – yes,” Ten Hag confirmed when asked if Antony would play on the right. “It’s difficult to talk about a player we haven’t signed. We want to do it. He’s one with the right fighting spirit.”

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are set to compete for the left wing position, since Antony is a near-certain starter because to the expensive transfer amount United spent for him.

Anthony Martial, who has excelled as a left winger throughout his United career, played as a center forward during preseason and in the second half against Liverpool, but suffered an Achilles injury last week that might keep him out for at least two weeks.

Sancho and Rashford were both cut from Gareth Southgate’s England squad last season, and it seems highly unlikely that they will have sufficient playing time to earn recall.

“It’s good that there is competition,” Ten Hag added. “I think it’s natural in a top club – this situation has to be there. You have to push players to the highest levels. I’m sure they are happy with it as well.

“We need players. You cannot cover all the games with the same players. You have to manage it. Who you need for certain games, to keep them fit and also to keep them in shape.

“Now we have that opportunity to choose and I’m lucky that we have that situation. We created that situation so well done, I would say.”

Erik ten Hag confirms where Antony will play for Manchester United this season

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