Erik ten Hag sets Antony challenge after Manchester United beat Reading

January 29, 2023

Antony impressed as Man Utd defeated Reading in the FA Cup but Erik ten Hag still wants more from the winger.

Erik ten Hag insists there is still plenty of room for improvement from Antony after his man of the match display in Manchester United’s win over Reading.

The Brazilian winger caught the eye as United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Championship side Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

Antony made a brilliant pass to set up Casemiro for his first goal of the game, who quickly added a second. Their compatriot Fred completed the scoring when he backheeled the ball in following a short-corner routine.

It was another impressive performance from Antony in a United shirt, but Ten Hag is eager to see more from his summer signing in the weeks ahead.

“I have more experience with him,” he United manager said after the match. “We have to challenge him and if you challenge him he can adapt and adjust his game.

He has to be more variable, more dynamic. He needs his teammates around him, but also how to use his teammates. He has to work on it. I think there is still room for improvement.

Casemiro impressed again with another commanding midfield performance and surprised many with his finishing to give United a two-goal lead in the match.

The 30-year-old has been a revelation since he arrived from Real Madrid last summer, but Ten Hag insists he has not been surprised by just how good the midfielder has been.

He added: “After that, you can say, Yeah, I expected that. You see his profile, and if you see his performance in the last year for Real Madrid they play at such a high level, they win four or five Champions Leagues. That is the highest trophy you can win in club football. The first one who was always in the starting 11 for managers was Casemiro.”