Manchester United are set to welcome another signing to Carrington this week after it emerged that Antony, the Ajax winger, is set to join the club after undergoing a medical on Monday evening.
The 22-year-old was spotted at United’s training ground on Monday and fans are now hoping he will be available for Thursday night’s trip to Leicester.
Erik ten Hag is looking for a third consecutive win in the Premier League after recovering from a disastrous start to the campaign, with wins over Liverpool and Southampton lifting the mood.
Despite Antony undergoing his medical three days before the game at Leicester, it has now been reported that he is unlikely to play any part in that game.
According to The Athletic journalist Laurie Whitwell, Antony is unlikely to be registered in time to feature on Thursday due to his work permit, which is yet to obtain.
The post-Brexit world in football transfers have made moves complicated and Newcastle learned the hard way last weekend when new big-money signing Alexander Isak was denied his debut at Wolves for the same reason.
Ten Hag will hope the issue is resolved by the weekend when Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford and hopefully by then, the Dutchman will be eyeing four consecutive wins.
Ten Hag will be delighted to have several wishes in the transfer market granted but the bulk of United’s signings have missed a sizeable part of the start of the season.
By the time United face Arsenal on Sunday, five games will already have been played and United’s biggest signing, Antony, will have played no part in any of the games.
Regardless, Antony adds much-needed balance to the side and most importantly, he knows exactly what Ten Hag demands of him and that may be priceless in a time when other players are still adapting.