Watch: Man Utd new boy Antony’s Ajax skills show why he’ll succeed
Manchester United have landed an £85.3million deal to sign Brazilian winger Antony – and we can’t wait to see him in action.
Plenty is being made of his inflated price tag, but we can’t help but think he’s exactly what Manchester United have been crying out for.
When we reminisce on United’s glory days, we fondly remember the tricky wingers who would regularly get everyone at Old Trafford out of their seats. We think Antony could be their new starlet.
It’s no secret that United have been without a natural right winger for the best part of a decade now.
The likes of Jadon Sancho, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Adnan Januzaj, Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez have all been used on the right-hand side, but to little success.
It often felt like United were putting square pegs in round holes when it came to their right winger, but now Antony may well be the solution to the problem.
Erik ten Hag showcased at Ajax how influential inverted wingers can be and Antony’s signing will now free up Sancho to regularly play on the left.
While the Brazilian is by no means the finished article, he is one of the most dynamic wingers in Europe and everyone should be excited to see him play in the Premier League.
During his final season with Ajax, Antony scored eight goals and got four assists, but his game is about much more than goal contributions.
In the Champions League last season, Antony was second to only Vinicius Junior when it came to goal-creating actions, despite Ajax going out in the Round of 16.
Overall, Antony made 82 appearances for Ajax and scored 24 goals and got 22 assists, averaging 0.56 goal contributions per game.
Across his two Eredivisie appearances this season, he has averaged four dribbles per game, which is more than any United player.
His flair and showmanship will be a welcome addition to Old Trafford this summer and he could prove to be all the difference in their pursuit of Champions League football.