Erik ten Hag excited by Antony’s partnership with Marcus Rashford as Manchester United topple Arsenal

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Antony and Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United past Arsenal on Sunday  (Getty Images)
Antony and Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United past Arsenal on Sunday (Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag praised Manchester United debutant Antony after the Brazilian played a starring role in their win over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

After so much about his price tag – believed to be close to £100m – the 22-year-old moved to silence any early doubters with a well-take goal to put the home side, finishing calmly past Aaron Ramsdale.

Though Bukayo Saka got the away team back into the game just before the hour mark, Marcus Rashford scored a quick-fire brace to restore United’s lead, sealing another statement win on home soil.

With Cristiano Ronaldo now seemingly resigned to a bit-part role, Antony and Rashford look like two of the key figures in a revamped United attack.

Speaking after the game, ten Hag said: “They both played great, a continual threat, I know our offensive is really strong - they are creative and have speed.

“This is the first time they have played together and this performance is great to see."

Of his team’s performance, ten Hag said: “We are happy and satisfied with the win, also the performance against a really good team - they played really well.

Erik ten Hag has overseen a turnaround in form for Marcus Rashford (AFP via Getty Images)
Erik ten Hag has overseen a turnaround in form for Marcus Rashford (AFP via Getty Images)

"The spirit from this team, they can deal with setbacks so we did, it is really great and shows your mentality - we have really improved on that.

"We have the right characters and now it is about cooperation, deal with set backs but also improve - we have to stay calm, stay composed and play our game.

"You can see that Arsenal are more together, more routines - but our team spirit brings us the win.