Man Utd face another uncomfortable situation with Antony after disgusting allegations of domestic abuse - they cannot afford to make their Mason Greenwood mistakes again

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When Mason Greenwood left Manchester United to join Getafe on loan last week, minutes before the transfer deadline window closed, there must have been a huge sense of relief within the club.

In the words of one source, the situation had left United "on a knife edge all summer". And when it emerged that the club were planning to bring the striker back six months after charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour against Greenwood had been dropped, it caused huge damage to United's image and reputation, even though they eventually decided that the striker could not continue his career at Old Trafford.

Greenwood, who denies all the allegations against him, is Getafe's problem now and the Liga side's coach Jose Bordalas is the one who has to field questions about him - not Erik ten Hag.

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But just when United thought they had put one extremely comfortable situation behind them and could just focus on football, another volcano has erupted after serious allegations of domestic violence were made against Antony by his ex-girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin.

The Brazilian's case is different to Greenwood's but it is no less shocking and it presents the club with another huge dilemma. Do they allow Antony to continue playing or do they remove him from the squad until the case against him is resolved?

United are struggling on the pitch after two defeats in four Premier League matches and while he has done little to justify his £85 million ($106m) price tag, Antony is a regular starter and key to Ten Hag's style of play. But after bungling the Greenwood situation, they must show leadership and act decisively. The spotlight is on them yet again and they must do the right thing.