Erik ten Hag acknowledges that it will take 24 hours for Manchester United to determine the extent of Antony’s injury and whether he will be able to participate in next week’s crucial FA Cup final.
The 23-year-old Brazilian collapsed in pain midway through Thursday’s emphatic 4-1 victory for the Red Devils over Chelsea following a lunging but reasonable challenge by Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah. When Antony started crying while being attended to by medical personnel, he was immediately stretchered off and replaced by Marcus Rashford.
United’s animosity duel with treble-chasing opponents in the FA Cup final Manchester City is coming up, and on Thursday, left-back Luke Shaw was also substituted at halftime, casting question on his own position beside Antony. When asked to give an update on the two injured players after the game, Red Devils manager Ten Hag responded to Sky Sports: “It’s hard to say. Let’s wait 24 hours before finding out more.
The two will be even greater questions for this Sunday’s Premier League season finale against Fulham at home. However, United has already committed to finishing in the top four, which guarantees that they will compete in the Champions League the next year and allows Ten Hag to rest players.
The United boss continued, saying of the team’s return to the elite level of European football, “This club belongs in the Champions League. Since the Premier League is difficult to get into, many people vie for that. When you complete it, it’s enormous. We desired success. We had a competitive mindset.
“Chelsea has excellent players, but we were incredibly strong and dangerous in the counterattacks. In the end, we had four points. Although they had a chance to score, we should have done better. Second half defense on our side was better. We had issues between the lines in the first half.
“They could move ahead and played without any pressure. We didn’t always strike them and make the most of the openings we had. The second goal, which could have come sooner, was scored late in the first half. We are still capable of finishing third in the division. It’s crucial to maintain concentration while avoiding injury. acquire a home record as well. We want to win that game because it will be crucial.
The Red Devils can accomplish more than just taking home the Carabao Cup and finishing in the top four, according to goal scorer Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes said, “It’s fine, but we want more so it’s not perfect. “It’s ideal for what we accomplished this season.
“We achieved our goal of winning the trophy after realizing we couldn’t win the Premier League. Now, achieving a strong league finish and winning the FA Cup are priorities. The Portuguese midfielder continued, “We understand how crucial this is. We are aware that if we win, Manchester City won’t be able to win the triple crown, but for us, the goal is to win another trophy.