This collection of articles began when there have been 13 days till Manchester United’s subsequent sport towards Brighton at Outdated Trafford.
13 days to make the mandatory changes to treatment a poor begin. 13 days to implement tactical adjustments which is able to enhance the workforce’s efficiency. 13 days to regain and rally the spirit which was rigorously cultivated final season.
13 days to repair United’s season basically.
Over these 13 days, The Peoples Individual workforce are 13 areas United can look to enhance upon earlier than their subsequent Premier League fixture. An article a day till Erik ten Hag’s points have drifted away.
Yesterday we focussed on Jadon Sancho, which leads us proper into right this moment’s situation – Antony. The Brazilian winger has began the season poorly and till lately, many followers had been calling for Ten Hag to present both Sancho or Facu Pellistri an opportunity on the precise wing as nicely.
Ten Hag has caught steadfastly by Antony and we are able to maybe now see why, together with his criticism of Sancho’s efficiency in coaching and the England man’s public response to that.
Pellistri has appeared optimistic and difficult in his cameos thus far, however it might be that the supervisor thinks he isn’t prepared but to play usually. His slight physique may also be a priority.
Nevertheless, every thing has now modified as Antony has change into embroiled in a home dispute that’s being investigated by the Better Manchester Police and that has seen him dropped from the Brazil nationwide workforce.
The participant appeared yesterday on Brazilian TV to disclaim the allegations levelled towards him, one thing that in itself may need gone towards the recommendation of Ten Hag and/or the membership’s legal professionals.
The result of the police’s investigation is one situation and one other is the truth that the boss is now coping with not one maverick winger however two.
So many questions: will Antony be out there to face Brighton on Saturday? And if he’s, will he have behaved in a manner that dissuades Ten Hag from choosing him? And if not, will his head be within the sport? – All this, keep in mind, added to a state of affairs the place the participant was under-performing within the first place.
Sancho would have been sitting fairly to reap the benefits of the Brazilian’s fall from grace, however he has picked the worst time to prepare dinner his goose. In consequence, with Anthony Elanga lengthy gone and Amad weeks away from being match, Pellistri might discover himself the one specialist proper winger out there for choice.
Antony and Sancho’s exclusion wouldn’t imply that Pellistri is the one choice, nonetheless. Final season, Ten Hag pushed Bruno Fernandes out to the precise, though it was not a really perfect answer. There’s additionally the choice of switching Marcus Rashford to that wing and bringing in Alejandro Garnacho on the left, though he’s nonetheless trying more practical as an affect sub than a starter.
There shall be different choices once more when Mason Mount is match, however for now, there will not be too many palatable alternate options.
It’s a dilemma for Ten Hag and one which he might want to remedy shortly if Antony’s state of affairs – and type – doesn’t enhance quickly.