Manchester United manager Erik ten Haag says he will “correct” Antony if he thinks the Brazilian is up to the trick.
The winger took a spin off the ball in the first half of FC Sheriff’s 3-0 win.
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Former United midfielder Paul Scholes branded the passage of the game “ridiculous” and Ten Haag was caught on camera shaking his head on the bench. Antony was replaced at half-time, although it was suggested that Ten Hag’s substitution was pre-planned.
“I don’t have a problem with that [the trick] As long as it’s functional,” Ten Haag said. “I’m asking more of him — more runs behind, more play in the box and pocket. When you have a trick like that, it’s good until it works. It’s fine if you don’t lose the ball, but if it’s a trick because it’s a trick I’ll correct him. “
The result against Sheriff confirmed United’s place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo scored and the Ten Hag said afterwards that Ronaldo, who returned to the team after his suspension, had received his reward for sticking with it after missing a number of other chances.
“He kept going and the team kept going to put him in the right position,” Ten Haag said. “He just continued to put himself in the right position. He didn’t give up and I think that’s what he’s done his whole career, and it finally paid off.”
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As well as bringing back Ronaldo, Ten Haag also handed 18-year-old Alessandro Garnacho his first senior start. The forward impressed on the left side of the front three and almost ended his evening with a goal.
“I think it was a good performance for him,” Ten Haag said. “He did what I expected. First, he deserves a chance. Last weeks, the start was difficult for him because I wasn’t happy with him, but last week I was happy with him.
“He has a better attitude, more resilience, more determination and what you see, he has talent.
“Those young lads. They have to grow up and know what top football demands. It’s not just about getting a trick or one goal, we have to win football games. Every day you have to meet the highest standards and we have to. Teach that, but he Not only, but for all players and especially young players.