Comparing Antony’s 21-22 stats to Man Utd’s other forward options

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Ajax forward Antony during their victory over AZ Alkmaar in Alkmaar, Netherlands, January 2021.

It’s no secret that Manchester United wish to strengthen their forward line over the summer and they’re reportedly keen on signing Antony from Ajax – but how does he compare with United’s current striking options?

United have been heavily linked with a move for Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick and it would make sense if he’d look to bring one of Ajax’s shining lights with him to Old Trafford.

Antony has caught the eye of several top European clubs following a string of impressive performances for the Dutch side this season. Liverpool and Bayern Munich have also been linked with the Brazilian, who has won eight caps for his country.

But it’s United, who expect to lose Edinson Cavani this summer and with the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial uncertain, that would seem the obvious choice for the 22-year-old.

We’ve compared Antony’s Eredivisie stats for the 2021-22 season with the Premier League stats of United’s current forward options over the same period.

Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo – 12
Antony – 8
Marcus Rashford – 4

Jadon Sancho – 3
Edinson Cavani – 2

Anthony Elanga – 2
Anthony Martial – 1

Assists
Antony – 4
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3
Jadon Sancho – 3
Marcus Rashford – 2
Edinson Cavani – 1
Anthony Elanga – 0
Anthony Martial – 0

Minutes per goal
Cristiano Ronaldo – 159.9
Anthony Martial – 210
Antony – 217
Marcus Rashford – 234

Anthony Elanga – 274.5
Edinson Cavani – 307
Jadon Sancho – 499.6

Minutes per goal or assist
Cristiano Ronaldo – 127.9
Antony – 144.6
Marcus Rashford – 156
Edinson Cavani – 204.6
Anthony Martial – 210
Anthony Elanga – 274.5
Jadon Sancho – 299.8

Chances created per 90 minutes
Jadon Sancho – 2.0
Antony – 1.9
Cristiano Ronaldo – 1.0
Marcus Rashford – 0.9
Anthony Elanga – 0.7
Edinson Cavani – 0.4
Anthony Martial – N/A

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Antony – 2.2 (59.5%)
Jadon Sancho – 2.1 (51.2%)
Marcus Rashford – 2.0 (46.5%)

Anthony Martial – 1.7 (56.6%)
Anthony Elanga – 1.1 (32.4%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 0.8 (61.5%)

Edinson Cavani – 0.6 (85.7%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Antony – 53.0 (82.3%)
Jadon Sancho – 43.9 (83.1%)
Anthony Martial – 35.1 (81.7%)

Anthony Elanga – 33.8 (78.4%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 29.8 (82.1%)

Marcus Rashford – 29.2 (75.3%)
Edinson Cavani – 26.1 (75.8%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 4.1 (3.3)
Antony – 4.1 (2.2)
Edinson Cavani – 2.3 (2.0)
Anthony Martial – 2.1 (1.8)
Marcus Rashford – 1.8 (1.3)
Jadon Sancho – 1.3 (1.0)
Anthony Elanga – 2.1 (1.5)


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