Erik ten Hag knows Manchester United are signing “an idiot”

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According to former Netherlands international Wim Kieft, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag knows Manchester United target Antony is an ‘idiot’.

Antony was sent off in Ajax’s 3-2 win over rivals Feyenoord back on March 20.

After netting the winning goal in the 87th minute, he celebrated wildly by ripping off his shirt and charging to the fans to stand on the advertising hoardings.

He was booked and then managed to pick up a second yellow in the 95th minute to see red.

For ex-Netherlands international Rene van der Gijp the incident showed Antony’s immaturity.

“Suppose we are in the stands together as a scout for Manchester City or Liverpool… And we are looking at Antony, what do you think we would say when we come back on Monday?” Van der Gijp said on Vandaag Inside at the time as quoted by Daily Star

“We will not take that. You don’t see a Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane or Mohamed Salah doing this. Then you can say: he is young, but it can also get crazier.”

Fellow former Netherlands international, Wim Kieft agreed and said: “He is not that young anymore, because he has been doing this for two years. Such a boy cannot be calmed by a coach, in the end.

“Ten Hag will of course never say that Antony behaves like an idiot, but he thinks so. In general, this behaviour is addressed in the locker room, then someone says: hey, what are you doing?”

As well as six yellow cards and one red, Antony has 22 goals and 20 assists in 78 appearances for Ajax altogether since joining from Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, Manchester United officials were in Amsterdam on Tuesday to hold talks with Ajax over the transfer of Antony.

Ten Hag is keen on reuniting with the Brazilian international at Manchester United and the player is also keen on the move.

In a farewell message to Ten Hag after his departure from Ajax, Antony posted on social media: “I want to thank you for everything you taught me.

“Know that I will always stand with you if you need me.”

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