Antony has what he didn’t have last year at Manchester United

Some goals are more important than others.

Of the 108 Manchester United plundered in all competitions last season, Antony’s match-winning and tie-breaking strike against Barcelona at Old Trafford back in February was right up there. After Fred had canceled out Robert Lewandowski’s penalty to bring United back level on aggregate, Antony delivered the all-important knockout blow.

After Fred’s effort was blocked by former United target Frenkie de Jong, the ball sat up invitingly for Antony just inside the penalty area and he slotted home, first time, into the far corner. Outbreak.

It was the former Ajax winger’s best moment in a United shirt, and it secured Erik ten Hag his most famous victory to date as Reds manager. It was a goal made in Amsterdam but produced in Manchester.

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Unfortunately for Antony though, it wasn’t a moment he was able to repeat all that often in his first season at Old Trafford. Signed on the final day of the summer transfer window for an eye-watering fee of £85.5m, the Brazilian was Ten Hag’s top target all summer to bolster United’s right-wing options.

The Dutchman was keen to strengthen that area of ​​the team after Jadon Sancho failed to deliver in his first season at Old Trafford. After weeks of speculation, plenty of negotiations and the Brazilian refusing to train in an attempt to force a move through, United got their man.

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