Man Utd news: Antony and second player in trouble as top double act emerges in Sheriff win | Football | Sport

Man Utd news: Antony and second player in trouble as top double act emerges in Sheriff win | Football | Sport

Manchester United ensured they continue their recent improvement under Erik ten Hag with a 3-0 win over Sheriff on Thursday night. Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo all struck to give the home side all three Europa League points. Express Sport will now take a look at five talking points from the future at Old Trafford.

Antony and Sancho are forwards in trouble

Antony seems to be in a spot of bother under Ten Hag.

The United star was hooked at half time minutes after angering his boss by showboating, with the Brazil international needlessly spiralling with the ball before placing it out of play.

While Antony angered his manager, Sancho may struggle to get into the team due to the superb performance of Alejandro Garnacho.

Garnacho was a constant threat throughout the showdown, with the 18-year-old using his speed and intelligence to cause the visitors all kinds of problems.

Ronaldo could easily have had a frustrating night, but his late goal ensured he left the ground with a smile on his face.

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Garanacho bright

Garnacho has had to be patient when it comes to making his first start for United.

He’d made five appearances for the club prior to the game against Sheriff, merely making cameos under Ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick.

But this was a positive display from the Argentina international, who was a menacing presence on the left wing as his side picked up all three points.

Garnacho has been included in Argentina’s provisional 44-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

And, based on this display, he’s certainly a player worth selecting.

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United have a top double act

In Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, United have a top double act.

Ten Hag could have been forgiven for resting both players, especially with the matches coming quick and fast.

But Casemiro and Eriksen are undroppable at present, with the duo having a comfortable night at the office against Sheriff.

Certainly, the days of Scott McTominay and Fred starting every game in the middle of the park look to be over.

And that’s a credit to Ten Hag, whose eye for a signing has already been proven right with two of his arrivals daring fans to dream big again.


United still guilty of slow starts

United have, at times this season, been far too slow when it comes to opening the deadlock.

That it took them nearly 45 minutes to break the deadlock against Sheriff doesn’t particularly bode well.

Better teams than United will come out of the blocks quicker, meaning the Red Devils risk being punished in the future.

Scoring earlier must be an immediate aim for this side.

Though Sheriff were never going to pose too many problems, United still made harder work out of their opponents than their manager would have liked…

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