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Who is Anthony? And how the Ajax winger compares to current Man Utd stars

The Brazilian winger is set to become Erik ten Hag’s first summer signing as Man Utd boss, following an impressive season at Ajax in 2021/22 under the Dutchman.

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It’s been a slow and frustrating month since the end of the Premier League campaign for Manchester United, with not a single player signed as a number of their top six rivals have already splashed the cash.

However, that could be set to change, following reports that club officials have traveled to Amsterdam to negotiate a deal for Ajax winger Antony, with the Red Devils now set to drop a £40million offer according to ESPN in Holland.

As Erik ten Hag looks to land his first signing this summer, Football Mirror tells you everything you need to know about the Brazilian winger, including why United want him, how he played last season and what has been said about him.

Who is Anthony?

Antony Matheus dos Santos, or simply known as Antony, currently plays as a winger for 2021/22 Eredivisie champions Ajax and the Brazil national team, for whom he has produced a number number of impressive performances to become one of Europe’s hottest young talents.

The 22-year-old, born on February 24, 2000 in the Osasco region of Sao Paulo, rose through the ranks of the club’s academy in his hometown after joining as an eight-year-old in 2010, before making his first team appearance in November 2018. and eventually joining Ajax just 18 months later in February 2020.

Internationally, the 5ft 9in winger has represented the Brazil Under-23 team since 2019 and has played for them as recently as the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics last summer, while he made his debut for the senior side just two months later, and so far scored two goals in nine appearances for the Selecao.

Antony could become Manchester United’s first signing this summer under Erik ten Hag


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What kind of impact do you think Antony would have at Man Utd under Erik ten Hag? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Career so far

After winning the J League Challenge tournament in Japan with the youngsters of Sao Paulo in 2018 and being voted the tournament’s best player, Antony signed a five-year contract with the first team in September of the same year. After three appearances that season, the 22-year-old scored six goals in 45 appearances in the 2019 campaign to earn himself a move to Ajax.

The Brazilian agreed a five-year deal for an initial £13million in February 2020 and started his first season at the club with 10 goals and 10 assists as Ajax completed the league and cup double. In his last campaign, Antony showed no signs of slowing down after registering another 12 goals and 10 assists to claim a second Eredivisie title.

Antony also scored six goals in 23 appearances for Brazil Under-23s and helped them win the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan last summer. He only made his senior debut eight months ago, in which he scored in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, before adding a second goal to his tally against Paraguay in February.

Statistics 2021/22

Antony registered 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions for Ajax last season


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As mentioned, Antony continued to produce impressive numbers for Ajax last season as they won a second consecutive Eredivisie title, in which the 22-year-old netted 12 goals and 10 assists in 32 games in all competitions. , according to the transfer market, despite his absence. the last nine games of the campaign with an ankle injury.

At just 5ft 9in tall, Antony’s game relies heavily on his technical ability, as well as his speed and acceleration to beat his opponents. According to, the Brazilian averaged 1.8 dribbles per game, with only Paul Pogba recording more for Man Utd (2), and was fouled an average of 1.3 times per game in 23 appearances in Eredivisie last season.

On top of that, the 22-year-old has also averaged 1.6 key passes per game, only surpassed by Bruno Fernandes (2.5) and Luke Shaw (2) for the Red Devils, as well as an impressive 3 .4 total shots per game in the Dutch top flight in 2021/22, with Cristiano Ronaldo (3.7) the only player in Ralf Rangnick’s side to have a better rating.

What Ten Hag said about him

New United manager Ten Hag knows Antony all too well from their two seasons together at Ajax, as they won the league and cup double in their first season together, before retaining the Eredivisie title last season, and now the Dutchman wants to continue their partnership at Old Trafford.

Speaking to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf earlier this year about the Brazilian and fellow United player Jurrien Timber, Ten Hag said: “I think all the top clubs in Europe have Timber in their sights. But I think that currently applies to a lot of Ajax players. If Antony were to leave, it would be a loss for Ajax, because you don’t have anyone in the current squad who can take his place. He is first class.

And following Antony’s red card against Feyenoord in March, Ten Hag also said, according to the Manchester Evening News: “Unnecessarily, he still has to learn that. But I’m also happy to have players who have character. You You need it too. He’s still young, but don’t forget he’s got an amazing kick too.

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The user wrote: “I currently live around Clapham Junction but am getting evicted in a few months (sale by landlord) and the rental prices are mind blowing compared to the deal I got on my current accommodation . It seems more and more likely that I will have to leave the Clapham area and venture further afield.

“I see potential in some places near Southfields station, and that would mean having the District line everywhere. Transport links are of course good, but I have heard very bad things about the reliability of District lines and the frequency of trains. I’m looking for anecdotal reviews for people who live in the area or have lived in the area and used the District line for a decent amount of time.”

The post sparked a debate with some users condemning the district’s lines and others coming to its defense. One person wrote: “I lived in Southfields for 18 months. It’s a nice and pleasant neighborhood, if a bit dull and suburban. The transportation is pretty crap and that’s the main reason I left. The area definitely feels a bit cut off from the rest of South West London due to poor transport links.

The District Line opened in 1868

“I worked at the City and I can attest to the fact that the District line isn’t great; there were significant delays at least once a week. Also, having to wait ages at Earls Court, I once had to wait over 15 minutes for a branch train from Wimbledon. This branch of the District line also seemed to be regularly out of order at weekends which meant you had to rely on buses.

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