Manchester United fell short against Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Europa League on Friday after a controversial penalty which had several football fans fuming.
Erik Ten Hag described Brazil forward Antony as United’s “missing link” after the Brazil forward scored on his debut against Arsenal on Sunday following his £82 million move from Ajax.
But the 22-year-old struggled to make any impact during a disjointed United performance.
Cristiano Ronaldo was making only his second United start this season, while Brazil midfielder Casemiro was given his first start since arriving from Real Madrid.
Neither player could spark United, who saw a 35th minute header from Ronaldo correctly disallowed for offside.
Sociedad clinched their victory in the 59th minute when United defender Lisandro Martinez was controversially penalized for handball.
The ball only hit Martinez’s arm after bouncing off his knee but following a VAR check the decision was confirmed and Brais Mendez stroked the spot-kick past David De Gea.
After winning four successive Premier League games, United were beaten for the third time in boss ten Hag’s reign.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s press conference was canceled out of respect to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Earlier, Brazilian teenager Marquinhos scored on his Arsenal debut as the Gunners started their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 win over FC Zurich in Switzerland, while Jose Mourinho’s Roma slumped to a surprise defeat.
Nineteen-year-old Marquinhos, signed from Sao Paulo in June, finished first-time from a low Eddie Nketiah cross in the 16th minute to put Arsenal ahead in the city of St Gallen.
Zurich, who were Swiss champions last season for the first time since 2009, equalized just before half-time when Mirlind Kryeziu converted a penalty after a foul in the box by Nketiah.
However, Nketiah made up for that by scoring the winning goal just after the hour mark, heading in a hanging cross from Marquinhos.
The game took place as news of the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II came through, and the two sets of players held a minute’s silence before the start of the second half.
The win made it the perfect start in Group A for Arsenal, after coach Mikel Arteta made eight changes to his line-up following the 3-1 weekend defeat at Manchester United in the Premier League.
Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale were among the players remaining while Marquinhos made his first appearance, as did American goalkeeper Matt Turner, signed in the close season from New England Revolution.
Fabio Vieira also made a first start since joining from Porto. Group rivals PSV Eindhoven and Bodo/Glimt drew 1-1 in the Netherlands, with Cody Gakpo equalizing for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side after Albert Gronbaek had given the Norwegian champions the lead.
Arsenal welcome PSV to the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.
Roma are looking to claim a second successive European trophy after winning the inaugural Europa Conference League last season, but they went down to a surprise 2-1 loss away to Luodogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria in Group C.
Uzbek forward Eldor Shomurodov looked to have secured a draw for Roma when he equalized with four minutes to go, canceling out Brazilian midfielder Cauly’s opener.
But the Bulgarian champions grabbed all three points in the 88th minute through Nonato, another member of their sizeable Brazilian contingent.
Meanwhile Fenerbahce beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 in Istanbul in Group B with Michy Batshuayi coming off the bench to score an injury-time winner on his debut following his recent move from Chelsea.
The result is a measure of revenge for the Turkish side, who lost to the Ukrainians in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Dynamo were then beaten by Benfica in the Champions League play-offs, and so the clubs were reunited in the same Europa League group.
Manchester United were among the clubs in action later as they hosted Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in Group E.