New Manchester United signing Antony pays emotional tribute to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag

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New signing Antony has paid an emotional tribute to Erik ten Hag and thanked his former Ajax manager for bringing him to Manchester United.

The pair have a strong relationship after Ten Hag previously signed Antony from Sao Paulo for Ajax in 2020. Together, they won two Eredivisie titles and shone in the Champions League.

Ten Hag and Antony have now reunited at Manchester United and the Brazilian forward is hoping to continue to develop under the tutelage of Ten Hag.

“Erik ten Hag is an excellent coach,” Antony told MUTV. “I’ve got tremendous respect and affection for him. From the moment I arrived at Ajax he treated me so well and put his faith in me. It’s not by chance I had such a great run of form under him for two years. 

“We developed this mutual trust and closeness. He’s a manager I have respect and affection for – when I found out he was moving here, I wished him all the best and all the success he deserves.

“Now I’m alongside him again, I hope to make history, develop and grow further under his management.”

“When I arrived, I started settling in and getting to know people,” Antony added.

“Erik got to know me and knows what I’m like. He knows what my daily work is like, how I train, how I give 100 per cent in games and this trust grew and developed. His confidence in me grew as he got to know me better.

“I’m really happy and grateful to see his confidence in my game from my time at Ajax. He knew what type of person I was, my work ethic. I’m really grateful and Erik has all my respect and affection and it will be a privilege and an honour to be working with him again.

“What stands out about him for me is his intelligence. His tactical knowledge, game strategy, attacking play and pressing game that I know very well after working with him for two years.

“With Erik’s style, I was always watching Manchester United from home and I could see this style and see myself here working with him again. What really stands out about Erik is his intelligence.”

Asked how it makes him feel to know Ten Hag fought so hard for him, Antony concludes: “Really, really, really grateful and happy.

“I embraced him just now and thanked him in person for believing in my signing. I was really excited, looking forward to coming here and putting on this shirt.

“I’m grateful for the faith and confidence from Erik, not just Erik but all the directors here at Manchester United. I feel really grateful and happy and rest assured I will repay this faith on the pitch by giving 100 per cent.”