Manchester United accept they overpaid for Antony

It is being reported that senior Manchester United officials privately accept they overpaid for Antony, which is a bit of a none story.

Manchester United officials are well aware of the fact the club pays a premium on transfers.

For example, once a player is linked with a move to Old Trafford, his valuation rises.

According to ESPN, which claims the hierarchy paid the £85.1m for “the player we think he can become, not the one he is now” which seems pretty fair considering Antony is just 22-years-old.

Erik ten Hag worked with him at Ajax and obviously saw that he had something special and we shouldn’t forget that he opted to sign the Brazilian over Cody Gakpo in the summer. They are two very different players and United desperately needed a right winger rather than another attacking player for the left.

The report also states that Ajax initially quoted a fee of £53.2m (€60m) for Antony earlier in the window, which at the time was rebuffed by United – and don’t forget you can review the best online casinos and sportsbooks by The Sun.

Ajax were not planning for Antony’s exit but managed to push for a higher price when the player made his feelings known.

Harsh criticism for Antony

There is a narrative out there suggesting that Antony has struggled to adapt to life at Old Trafford, but I wouldn’t go that far.

The Brazil international has scored five goals in 15 games for United this season. Only Marcus Rashford has scored more, but these statistics bode well for the second half of the season.

Hopefully United along with Antony can kick on but I have been happy with his performances this season, especially for a player who has come from a completely different league.

Former midfielder Paul Scholes has been particularly critical of Antony, who played four times at the World, by calling him a “one-trick pony” after United’s win over Omonia Nicosia in October.

Scholes said: “He was right about the wingers being static. Sancho never really runs in behind. He needs a fast left-back really or a centre forward to link up with and he hasn’t really got that at the moment.

“Antony on the other side as well, he doesn’t run in behind. He seems to be a bit of a one-trick pony.

“He’s always cutting inside and either passing back to the full-back or having a shot. You’re thinking he needs to develop a little bit. It’s still early days for him, we know that.”

And Scholes went on to slam Antony at a later date when he spun with the ball at his feet with no-one around him against FC Sheriff.

Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: “If I was that number 61 I know what I would be doing. I don’t know what he is doing, it is just ridiculous.

“It is showboating, he is not beating a man, he is not entertaining anyone. It’s 0-0 then he kicks the ball out of play.

“Look that’s the way he plays I’ve seen him do it many a time at Ajax as well. That’s just the way he is but I think he needs that knocking out of him.”

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