On deadline day, Brazil international Antony completed an £85 million transfer from Ajax to Manchester United, but he was unable to play for his new club on Thursday night.
Antony wished his new Manchester United teammates luck as their Premier League match against Leicester began on Thursday night.
On deadline day, the 22-year-old Brazilian international finalized his £85 million move from Ajax to United by signing a long-term contract. He wasn’t registered in time to play on Thursday night, and he didn’t show up to witness his new club play.
Antony would have been happy to see United win 1-0 due to Jadon Sancho’s first-half strike. Erik ten Hag’s side has now won three straight Premier League games with triumphs over rivals Liverpool and Southampton.
Antony wanted to show his support for his new teammates, so he tweeted a picture on his TV screen with the comment, “Let’s go @ManUtd.”
Following his big-money move to Old Trafford, a lot is expected of Antony. The Brazilian joined Ajax from Sao Paulo in July 2020, scoring 18 goals and assisting 14 times in the Eredivisie before being offered a place in the Premier League.
Ten Hag, who left Ajax for United in May, was responsible for the majority of the goals. Antony had considerable success under the Dutchman, winning two Eredivisie titles as well as the KNVB Cup. He also made it into Brazil’s senior squad, earning nine senior caps so far.
“It’s a great moment in my career to be joining one of the most historic clubs in the world,” Antony said at his launch on United’s website. “I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me, especially my family and all of my coaches and teammates because I couldn’t have made it this far without them.
“Playing for Erik ten Hag at Ajax was ideal for my growth.” His playing and coaching styles bring out the best in me, and I am delighted to hear about his intentions and ambitions in Manchester.
“My time at Ajax was amazing, and I will be eternally grateful for the trust they placed in me, but now I am ready for the next challenge, and I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and contribute to Manchester United’s success.”
John Murtough, United’s football director, added: “Antony is one of the most exciting young players in European football, and he is the ideal fit for Erik’s aggressive, dynamic team.
“We were particularly struck by his ambition to join Manchester United and be a part of a long-term commitment to return the club to the standards of success that we all anticipate.”
When questioned about Antony’s coming following Thursday night’s victory, Ten Hag stated: “Of course, I’m really excited. He’s a fantastic acquisition. I’m confident in that because he provides the temperament, creativity, and fighting spirit. We need offensive stats to be strong because we have a lot of games to cover.”