Antony was a key transfer target for Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag this summer and the Red Devils have now reached an agreement to sign the Brazilian forward for €100million.
There have been concerns about the fee that Manchester United are paying to sign Antony with several fans and pundits believing Antony is not worth €100million.
Here are six reasons why Manchester United were eager to sign Antony this summer despite the €100million asking price of Ajax:
1) Antony understands the expectations and system of Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, having played under the Dutch tactician at Ajax for two years.
2) Ten Hag believes Antony will gives Manchester United control due to his ability to beat the press of the opposition and retain possession. Among attacking midfielders, in the big five European leagues, Antony ranks in the top five per cent for completing passes under pressure and touches of the ball, rarely miscontrolling or being dispossessed, and he links skillfully with those around him.
3) The acceleration and pace of Antony makes him a constant threat to the opposition and he carries the ball well, with an end product, whether it be shots or passes into the penalty area.
4) Out of possession, Antony has a good workrate, a trait Ten Hag demands from his Manchester United players. Only five players won possession in the final third more times than him during his time in the Eredivisie.
5) Antony averages 1.8 dribbles per game which is only bettered by Paul Pogba’s 2 dribbles per game last season.
6) Only Cristiano Ronaldo (3.7) had more shots per game than the Antony (3.4) last season. His 1.6 key passes per game was only beaten by Luke Shaw (2) and Bruno Fernandes (2.5).