Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given his verdict on Antony amid questions over the winger’s form.

Antony has taken a hammering from the press over the past week, with The Telegraph, ESPN and The Athletic all running editorials scrutinising the winger.

The Brazil international has five goals and no assists so far this season, his first in English football, and is only 22-years-old.

Erik ten Hag knows what he is capable of, having signed the winger for Ajax before bringing him to Old Trafford.

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Ten Hag gives verdict on Antony

Ten Hag was quizzed by the press about Antony ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final, and gave his support to the winger.

The manager was quoted by the club website and spoke about his impact so far. The manager said that the 22-year-old makes the team better – but can still improve.

He said: “When he’s playing, the team is winning. That already gives a message of how well he is performing.

“He can do better, I see space for improvement. For instance, and I think also you know this, we want him to be more direct and be more involved. But, as I said, the team is performing better if he is on the pitch.

“That’s a good thing, that’s a good base to build further. I think he has already made an improvement

Ten Hag is right that Antony makes United a better team. In fact, when he came off against Crystal Palace and Arsenal, the Red Devils were worse for it.

Antony occupies opposition defenders who can’t afford to switch off, helps United retain possession and shape – but clearly can still contribute more in the final third.

His manager wants to see for from him, adding: “I think with his capabilities, with his talents, he can do even more. But as I said, I think he has [made] a good contribution in the team.”

With Jadon Sancho still out and working his way back to match fitness, United will be leaning on Antony amid this busy fixture schedule.

The winger sent a message yesterday insisting he is keen to keep evolving his game, ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final.

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