Manchester United is set to stand firm in January, rejecting any offers for underperforming winger Antony, despite ongoing speculation about the 23-year-old’s future.
Antony joined Old Trafford in the summer of 2022 under the management of Erik ten Hag, in a noteworthy £85 million deal with Ajax. However, the winger has struggled to justify his hefty price tag, failing to find the back of the net or provide an assist in his 12 appearances across all competitions this season.
Despite Antony’s lackluster performance, Manager Erik ten Hag remains committed to nurturing the player’s potential and is inclined to block any potential transfer offers during the January window, according to reports from Football Insider.
The primary reason behind Manchester United’s decision to retain Antony lies in the team’s shortage of attacking options, especially with the anticipated departure of Jadon Sancho in January. This shortfall necessitates holding onto Antony as a valuable asset for the second half of the season.
The upcoming months are crucial for the 23-year-old Brazilian, who is battling for his future at the Premier League club. Antony is eager to secure a spot in the Brazil squad for the Copa America next summer, further motivating his determination to prove himself on the field.
With Sir Jim Ratcliffe expected to play a role in the club’s management in the coming year, potential changes loom on the horizon. Players like Antony, who have contributed minimally, might face an exit as part of the anticipated transformations under the British businessman’s influence.