MANCHESTER UNITED boss Erik ten Hag told new boys Tyrell Malacia and Antony to “take it easy” on each other after their previous battles in Holland.
Malacia joined United from Feyenoord early in the summer window – before Ten Hag reunited with Antony on deadline day.
The pair played out some epic duels in Holland when Feyenoord and Ajax clashed.
Last March, Ajax sealed a 3-2 win over their rivals to help to another Dutch title – with Antony on the scoresheet.
But Malacia largely kept Antony quiet as both players clashed with some heavy challenges.
The two collided in added-time with Antony theatrically falling to the floor in front of the dugout.
However, after the 22-year-old Brazilian took too long to get back up to his feet, he was shown a second yellow card.
And as Malacia tried to usher him off the pitch, Antony took a swipe at the full-back.
So when the pair linked up in United training, Ten Hag told the pair to “take it easy”, Malacia has revealed.
Malacia told Sky Sports: “When he [Antony] arrived [at Manchester United] the first thing the coach said was ‘guys, easy on each other’.
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“[Antony’s] a good player and I love to play against him, and now I play with him which is fantastic.”
Both Malacia and Antony have hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
Malacia is making the starting left-back spot his own, while Antony scored on his Premier League debut against Arsenal.
The Red Devils sit fifth in the table after six games played.
They play rivals Manchester City next on October 2.