"Didn't make progress" - Manchester United dealt major injury blow ahead of FA Cup final
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Manchester United look set to be without winger Antony for Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester City, as confirmed by manager Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils boss confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the Brazilian is unlikely to recover in time to play a part at Wembley this weekend after sustaining an ankle injury against Chelsea last week.
“I am always asked about the absence of players, but it is about the the players who are available and many times we were successful.
“We have a good squad and from the good squad we make a good team. We deserve that opportunity to be in a cup final and meet Manchester City, it is a great opportunity and we fought so hard for it.”
The Dutchman brought Antony with him from Ajax last summer and the Brazilian's first campaign for the Red Devils has certainly been mixed.
Having been purchased for a fee believed to be in the region of £100million, the 23-year-old has managed just eight goals and three assists across 44 appearances for United.
Asked whether the final will be ten Hag's biggest game of his managerial career, he responded: “It is definitely a big game but I don’t want to make an assessment on what is the biggest.
“It is a great opponent and we are looking forward to the test. Every game you have to win. Football is about winning and results, every game you have to win.”
Saturday's match will be the first time the two Manchester clubs meet in the FA Cup final with both sides looking to add to silverware already lifted this term.