Breaking – Ten Hag banishes everyone except Antony to train with United reserves

Man United manager Erik ten Hag has banished the entire first team squad to training with the reserves - apart from £86m ornament Antony

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has demoted all his players except Antony to train with the reserves, Paddy Power News understands.

Several first team stars including Rafael Varane had already fallen foul of their manager this season for failing to reach his standards which seemingly include kicking opponents, playing terribly and answering questions from the police.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Galatasaray at Old Trafford on October 03, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images

Cameras captured Ten Hag and his staff conducting a training session alone with Antony during which the 53-year-old could be heard heaping praise on the winger.

‘Yesch, good schpin. Keep schpinning’, yelled Ten Hag, as Antony executed a trademark 360° spin with the ball.

‘Schpinaroonie! Schpinaroonie’, screamed the United boss.

The Brazilian then displayed his vast array of tricks and flicks before cutting inside onto his left foot and putting the ball into the top corner of the Carrington car park.

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At one point the Dutchman stopped the session and ordered the rest of the squad to observe his £86m signing in action.

‘Thisch isch what I want from you’, said the former Ajax boss, while pointing at Antony picking a fight with a corner flag.

Antony then concluded the session by doing some ridiculous Wolf from Gladiators impression before speeding off in a £300,000 sports car.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims he isn’t capable of playing through pain.

Smalling has now fired back at his former boss, taking to Instagram to defend himself and his commitment to the game.

‘I totally refute accusations that I have a low pain threshold’, wrote the 34-year-old.

‘One morning I stood on a Lego brick – barefooted’

‘My mum told me I should take the day off, but I still went to training’.

‘This other time, I ate a whole Toblerone despite having a blister on the roof of my mouth. Some of my teammates couldn’t believe it’.

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