Antony unlikely to play in FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has provided an update on the injury status of winger Antony ahead of the highly anticipated FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Following the Brazilian’s unfortunate stretcher-off incident during United’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea, there was initial optimism that Antony would recover in time for the Wembley showdown.
However, it seems that his chances of being available for the final are now slim, dealing a blow to United’s aspirations.
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When questioned about Antony’s potential participation in the final, Ten Hag conceded that it was unlikely.
He stated, “Unlikely, Dos Santos. There’s a chance but a really small chance. He didn’t make the progress [we wanted] so it’s unlikely he’s available.”
The setback concerning Antony’s fitness compounds United’s existing injury woes, with striker Anthony Martial and defender Lisandro Martinez already sidelined.
Despite these setbacks, Ten Hag remains optimistic and focused on the available players at his disposal.
He highlighted the team’s resilience and ability to succeed even in the absence of key individuals.
The manager expressed confidence in the depth of the squad, stating, “It’s about the players who are available, and many times we were successful [without our injured players].
We have a good squad, and from it, we’ll make a good team.”
Ten Hag’s steadying influence has been evident since taking charge at Manchester United.
Following the upheaval of the previous season, which saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, and Ralf Rangnick all have spells as managers, Ten Hag has brought stability to the club.
His consistent approach and emphasis on building a cohesive team have helped United navigate through turbulent times and establish a sense of unity within the squad.
As the FA Cup final approaches, Manchester United will hope to overcome the absence of Antony, Martial, and Martinez.
With Ten Hag at the helm, the team will rely on their collective strength and determination to challenge Manchester City and secure silverware in what promises to be a thrilling encounter at Wembley.