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Erik ten Hag hints at Antony’s departure as Manchester United boss addresses dismal run

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says Antony is “ready” to start in Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash against Brentford.

The Brazilian’s last start came in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on September 3, after he was granted leave from the club following allegations of domestic violence.

Antony made his return to action in the midweek 3-2 loss to Galatasaray.
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Ten Hag ready to release Antony early against Brentford

The winger was questioned by police in his home country but was told no further information was required, leaving him free to return to the UK where he was questioned further by police of Greater Manchester.

Antony returned to action this week as a substitute against Galatasaray and Ten Hag admits the £85million signing is in contention to start against Thomas Frank’s side, telling reporters: “I think He’s ready for a start.”

Ten Hag will be hoping the Brazilian can get going in what is already a crucial match for his side.

United are on a run of six defeats in ten games in all competitions and find themselves slumped in tenth position – nine points behind leaders Manchester City.

A second successive Champions League defeat in midweek against the Turkish side left the useless Ten Hag side in bottom position in Group A and facing an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages.

As pessimism reigns at Old Trafford, the Dutchman has identified where his side’s difficulties are coming from and revealed discussions with his players on how to remedy the problems.

“Consistency. That’s the problem we face,” Ten Hag told reporters on Friday. “In some parts of the games, in the big games, we do a lot of things right, but we have moments where we have to evil and in such times we cannot survive.

“We have to do the right things, be consistent and do the same as before, so you can definitely mark a moment like when we score or concede a goal. We have to step up our efforts.”

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Man United face uphill battle to get their European and domestic campaigns on track

“It’s difficult, but you have to research and think about it. We talked about it, about how we can improve and we made agreements about it. I think it’s more than one factor, concentration is one, but there are other things.

“We have lowered the levels and we must return to them,” he continued. “There are reasons for this, but it is still not acceptable and we must fight against it. They have a good basis for the way we play, we have rules and principles. When they help and support each other, we will play better.

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