Antony’s Return Boosts Manchester United’s Morale
Antony’s return to first-team training was a moment of joy for Manchester United. The players warmly welcomed him back to Carrington, using the simple word ‘welcome’ to express their happiness.
During Monday afternoon’s training session, Antony positioned himself in the heart of the group and became the center of attention among his teammates. Capturing the moment, pictures showed him eliciting a grin from captain Bruno Fernandes, who was also engaged in conversation with Casemiro.
Antony’s absence from Manchester United dates back to the beginning of September due to allegations made against him. However, the club is now satisfied that Antony has fully cooperated with the investigation and has not been charged. This led to the club’s decision that he is eligible to play.
Manager Erik ten Hag made the club’s stance clear during his press conference when he dismissed questions about the morality of the decision, stating, “He cooperated fully. He was not charged.”
Antony’s return couldn’t have come at a better time, as Manchester United is facing a challenging period with a lackluster form. His presence brings both talent and work ethic to the squad, and the players are clearly delighted to have him back.
This return is especially significant as Antony is set to participate in his first Champions League game at Old Trafford. Last season, he played a pivotal role, scoring crucial goals in European ties against Barcelona and Real Betis. With the team in need of a boost, Antony’s immediate return to the starting lineup would not be surprising.