Manchester United’s hierarchy privately concede that they overpaid for Antony last summer, according to reports.
The Brazil international has shown flashes of his talent since his £85 million move from Ajax and has scored five goals in 16 appearances so far…
But the 22-year-old has already faced criticism for some his performances this season under Erik ten Hag and many believe United have not seen a good enough return on their investment.
Ajax were unhappy with Antony’s conduct in the weeks leading up to his move to United but Ten Hag insisted that his former club were aware of the winger’s desire to leave.
‘Antony’s departure couldn’t have been a surprise for Ajax,’ Ten Hag told VI last month.
‘In January they already knew he would leave in the summer. We had three names on the list for the right forward position, he was already on the list at Manchester United before I arrived.’
‘Antony’s management was very clear to Ajax [in January]. They said: “In 6 months time, Antony will make a transfer”.
‘Then we started working on getting another Brazilian in to replace Antony, and Steven Bergwijn.’