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Antony clarifies Erik ten Hag argument rumours with Man United “unhappy”



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Manchester United have reportedly dismissed claims that Antony was dropped against Bournemouth due to a disagreement with Erik ten Hag over playing time.

After Antony‘s great performance against Chelsea two weeks ago, many thought he would be in the starting XI when Manchester United played Liverpool—but to the surprise of many, he was on the bench.

Erik ten Hag explained that it was due to fatigue, with many then assuming he would instead start against Bournemouth on the following weekend. But, when the Reds arrived at the Vitality Stadium, Antony was not in the squad.

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Shortly after line-ups were announced, reports filtered through that Antony had sustained an injury, but following the conclusion of the tie, rumours spread that the real reason for his absence was the Brazilian had a disagreement with Ten Hag over his lack of playing time, which had resulted in him being dropped.

However, ESPN have now clarified the situation, explaining that the club have now “dismissed” the idea that Antony was left out due to said disagreement with Ten Hag.

Elaborating, the report goes on to further detail that Antony had picked up a minor injury during training on Friday, meaning he was unable to complete the session, and that the club are “unhappy” with the rumours.

Antony’s camp, likely speaking on behalf of the winger, have also clarified that he did sustain an injury. ESPN say sources close to the player have said that the injury he received on Friday is not serious, insinuating that he was, in fact, left out of the team to face Bournemouth due to an injury rather than any argument with Ten Hag.

Antony may recover in time to take part in United’s FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City on Sunday afternoon.