Antony and Martial partnership is one Manchester United can build around

Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City left few reasons to be positive on a chastening afternoon at The Etihad.

But there were a couple of bright spots provided as United scored three consolation goals in the defeat.

The first was a wondrous long range effort from Antony, showing he has magic in his boots.

There is a lot for him to add to his game to become a complete player, but Erik ten Hag will help him, and he clearly has the ability.

Antony has now scored two goals in two league games

Antony has played two Premier League games and scored two goals, against high calibre opponents Arsenal and Manchester City.

While we can’t expect him to continue scoring a goal per game, this is an encouraging start and will provide him with small comfort in the wake of this derby loss.

Anthony Martial is back with a point to prove

The Brazilian’s goals were added to by Anthony Martial, who netted a header and then a penalty to score a brace.

Martial won the spot kick and made very clear he would be taking it. This was the kind of assertiveness he needs to show.

It was also good to see him clinically score a header, not the strongest aspect to his game, and these goals will give him confidence.

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A partnership United can build around

Antony and Anthony Martial are two players who Erik ten Hag will be keen to get on the pitch together as often as possible.

Injury has prevented this from happening up until now, along with Antony only joining on deadline day.

Both players are here now and fully fit, ready to make an impact, and they can help each other out.

When Martial is on his game he is a real handful, effective at holding up play and bringing his fellow attackers into the game. Antony can exploit this positively.

The two players can be expected to be regular starters over the next few weeks, with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford battling it out for a place on the left.

At least United showed something in the second half. Antony and Martial both refused to give up, and displayed their quality. If only United had begun the game like this.

They have given something for Ten Hag to build around. After the last defeat at The Etihad, there was nothing of the sort.

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