Antony, a Brazilian winger is set to make his debut against Arsenal on Sunday, Following his record move from Ajax earlier this week before the transfer deadline. Erik ten Hag has encouraged new Manchester United signing Matheus to “adapt” and justify his £86 million transfer fee.
Antony’s Prediction Under Pressure
Ten Hag spent more than £230 million this summer to boost his team, with the forward joining Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, and Tyrell Malacia, as well as loanee Martin Dubravka.
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Matheus’s price tag has no doubt heightened the 22-year-old’s pressure, but his boss believes the teenager can handle it. Ten Hag told Football Daily that Brazil has a lot of extremely talented players and he (Matheus) can handle the strain, and they can choose two or three teams.
According to Ten Hag, this is a fresh start, and Antony must adjust to the group, the Premier League, and the high level of competition but he (Ten Hag) is confident Antony will adjust.
When Ten Hag was asked if Matheus’s performance may be affected by the transfer fee amount, Ten Hag replied that Antony can handle that. He said Antony loves football and lives for it. He also added that Antony is concentrating and enhancing his performance for the team. Ten Hag and Matheus had worked together at Ajax, and with this transfer, Ten Hag became United’s second-largest transfer of all time behind Paul Pogba and the most valuable player ever to leave a Dutch team.
He was one of Ten Hag’s “primary” signings this summer despite Ajax’s reluctance to sell. To seal a contract and get his transfer to Old Trafford, Antony ultimately went on strike. In 82 games with Ajax, he scored 24 goals and had 22 assists.
Antony was unable to participate in United’s game against Leicester on Thursday because his deal had only been officially announced that morning. However, he sparked interest among fans by sharing a snapshot of himself watching the game on social media with the caption.
The manager of Ajax, Alfred Schreuder, argues that the club is pleased to sell the gifted star because the Red Devils overpaid for him, even though United supporters are ready to see their new player in action. The figures are absurd, Schreuder said this week to Ziggo Sport. Jadon Sancho cost Manchester United about €100 million (£84 million), while Usman Dembele cost Barcelona €115 million (£99 million).
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