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Erik ten Hag says signing Antony will help bolster the quantity and quality of players in his Manchester United squad ahead of a turbulent run of games.

United have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign the Brazilian striker for £86m, subject to international clearance, with Ten Hag confirming final details are yet to be completed.

“First of all we have to sign him, there is an agreement between the clubs but the paperwork is not done so I can’t go too far on that,” the United boss said.

Asked about the qualities Antony would bring, Ten Hag added: “Offensively we need to strengthen our squad because we have a lot of games to cover. Now we’re going to play three games a week, every three or four days.

“As you know, attacking players tire faster because they have to run more at high intensity. We expect that from them with the way we play, so we need more numbers but not just numbers, we need quantity as well as quality.”

Antony’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford has cast further doubt on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has started just one Premier League game this season and is now set to face more competition for places. .

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But Ten Hag stressed the 37-year-old remains in his plans as he tries to juggle a congested fixture schedule brought about by United’s entry into the Europa League in September and the impending 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“It’s clear, of course [Ronaldo is still part of my plans]”, he said. “We need quality players, and you need more of them to cover all games and maintain our consistency. That’s what we aspire to.”

With a deal for Antony all but secure, Ten Hag has confirmed he expects the signing of underprivileged Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to be the club’s last this summer.

“I think so,” Ten Hag said. “For this window it will be the end. But when there is a big opportunity you always have to be vigilant as a top club.”

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Ten Hag refused to be fired over the club’s reported interest in Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, confirming instead that defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka will stay at the club until at least January.

“Of course Aaron is still here, and we will keep him,” he said. “This team will go from September to January minimum. We will play with this team this season.”

United travel to Leicester on Thursday in search of a third successive Premier League victory for the first time since December 2021.

They will be without striker Anthony Martial, who is still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, but could bring in defender Victor Lindelof after returning to training on Wednesday.

“Victor Lindelof is training with the team, we’ll see how far he is today, but he was only one session away after a few weeks out. Anthony Martial is not available,” he said. said Ten Hag.




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