Antony will delay his comeback to Manchester United training after the international break amidst assault allegations made against him, a club statement read.
As part of Manchester United’s official update on the ongoing situation, they wrote:
"“Players who have not participated in international matches are due back in training on Monday. However, it has been agreed with Antony that he will delay his return until further notice in order to address the allegations.”"
Antony was set to feature for Brazil during the international break, however he was dropped by the national team after reports of the allegations surfaced legally. Since United last played, three women have spoken out about assault claims, including his ex-girlfriend.
Earlier in the week, Antony went on Brazilian TV channel SBT to explain his side of the story:
"“[Violence towards women] is totally wrong, 100 per cent wrong. I have a mother, a sister. I would never want this to happen to them.”"
There has been much back and forth between the two sides, and it is an ongoing situation. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Red Devils who have only just finished dealing with the mess from the Mason Greenwood situation. The player moved to Spanish side Getafé on loan for the 2023/24 season, but the club have been criticised for not cutting permanent ties with the player in hope of a rebuilt public perception by next summer.
Following this, it has put pressure on United to deal with the Antony saga efficiently with much pressure and consistency on the subject of abuse against women.
From a footballing perspective, this should open the door for Facundo Pellistri to feature for Erik Ten Hag prominently, or to give under fire star Jason Sancho a run in the team.