Antony backed to make Brazil starting XI for World Cup as 85 per cent of fans say he should start

Manchester United winger Antony has had a flying start for Manchester United with three goals in his first three Premier League games.

He became the first United player in 50 years to achieve this feat, and manager Erik ten Hag has given the winger his full backing.

Antony faces more of a fight to force his way into the Brazil side for the upcoming World Cup. He is a regular in the squad, but not yet the starting line-up.

During the recent international break he was a substitute in Brazil’s friendly victories against Ghana and Tunisia, with Barcelona winger Raphinha preferred.

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Antony backed to make Brazil starting XI

Antony’s form for Manchester United could work in his favour as Brazil prepare for their World Cup opener against Serbia.

A poll on Brazilian outlet Bola VIP shows 85 per cent of fans polled believe Antony should be a starter for the Selecao at Qatar 2022.

The website’s editorial reports that Antony ‘complicates’ manager Tite’s selection decision for the World Cup with his impressive recent form.

Erik ten Hag knows Antony well from his time at Ajax, and his faith in the winger has been key to helping him settle quickly at Old Trafford.

He is helped by Raphinha’s slow start at Barcelona, in which the former Leeds winger has failed to score or assist in his last six matches in all competitions.

Having a little extra motivation to get into Brazil’s line-up is one more reason for Antony to succeed at United, and he will have to continue his strong start over the next month.

Getting the chance to star in Qatar is a dream opportunity for Antony, and he will want to make the most of it. If he does shine at the tournament, it will only serve to underline Manchester United’s substantial investment in his services this summer.

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