Old Trafford chiefs have acknowledged Manchester United paid over the odds to sign Antony from Ajax last summer, according to reports.
However, they remain confident the Brazil international can live up to the huge fee United stumped up, which could rise to £86million. Antony, 22, scored his fifth goal for the Red Devils in their Carabao Cup quarter-final victory over Charlton before being taken off on the hour mark.
However, the youngster has not made the impact the United hierarchy hoped he would, while Erik ten Hag branded one incident of showboating as “ridiculous”. Antony has plenty of time to become a hit in Manchester and club supremos insist the reasoning behind signing him was sound.
According to ESPN, the club’s scouts did not locate many left-footed options to bolster their attack, with Antony one of just three to make the shortlist. Further, director of football John Murtough and other members of staff were pleased with the player’s desire to reunite with former Ajax boss Ten Hag in the Premier League.