Manchester United: Antony ruled out of Leeds clash through injury
Manchester United winger Antony will miss tonight’s Premier League clash against Leeds United through injury, Samuel Luckhurst reports.
The Lowdown: Antony impressing at Old Trafford
Antony made the move to Manchester from Ajax last summer to reunite with Erik ten Hag in a deal worth £82m. Since then, the Brazilian has made 23 appearances for the Red Devils, contributing to six goals.
The 22-year-old has been the club’s sixth-best performer this season as per WhoScored metrics, but he won’t be available for selection tonight.
The Latest: Antony absent for Leeds clash
Luckhurst, who is United’s chief reporter for Manchester Evening News, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share an injury update from Ten Hag’s pre-match press conference.
He said that, along with Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay, Antony is also ruled out for the home side due to injury, while Casemiro begins a three-match suspension.
The Verdict: Not ideal
Marcus Rashford has been in fine form playing from the left, scoring in six top-flight games out of seven since the season’s post-Christmas resumption, while Antony has mainly been Ten Hag’s go-to man on the right when fit, so this news isn’t ideal ahead of a busy few days for United.
Labelled ‘superb’ by writer Emmanuel Ayamga just last month, the Brazil winger has ranked highly when it comes to shots (2.8) and dribbles per game (0.8), as per WhoScored. Those returns place him first and second respectively in the Red Devils’ squad for those metrics.
Facundo Pellistri is the only other natural right-winger available to Ten Hag and he hasn’t made a Premier League appearance to date, so the United boss may look into using Anthony Elanga or Alejandro Garnacho – primarily left-wingers – in Antony’s absence on that flank.