‘He needs you now!’: Manchester United fans implore Antony to join Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford
‘He needs you now!’: Manchester United fans beg Antony to join Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford and turn down Tottenham’s interest after previously promising his departing Ajax boss: ‘Know I’ll always be with you stand if you need me’
- Antony said that he would be ‘with’ Erik ten Hag during his farewell message
- Manchester United fans have begged the winger to deliver on his promise
- Some rival fans commented that they were desperate to hold onto Antony’s message
- The Red Devils still have to complete an incoming transfer in the summer period
- Ten Hag is also interested in ex-colleagues Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber
Manchester United fans have begged Antony to deliver on his promise to Erik ten Hag, while the Red Devils are reportedly tightening a £40 million bid for the Brazilian.
On his departure to Old Trafford in May, Ajax Ten Hag handed over a farewell video on social media, in which players from the past and present wish him the best for the future.
Antony vowed to “stand” his former manager in the video, and now Red Devils fans are begging him to stay true to his word.
New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag (left) and Antony (right) built a fruitful relationship at Ajax
The 22-year-old told Ten Hag in the message: “I want to wish you all the best at your new club.
“I also want to thank you for everything you’ve taught me. I am grateful [for] every opportunity and learn every day.
‘I will always be with you when you need me’: Antony promised to reunite with his former boss
“Know I’ll always be by your side if you need me.”
Manchester United officials flew to Amsterdam on Monday in a bid to finalize the Antony deal, according to the Sun†
The Red Devils’ leaders will have to knock out competition from Spurs’ six biggest rivals, who are reportedly also showing interest in the Brazil international.
Fans expected the squad to undergo an overhaul this summer in support of their new boss, but no incoming deals have been signed at Old Trafford yet.
A handful of supporters begged Antony via social media to keep his vow, in the hopes that he would become the first new signing of the Ten Hag era.
Several fans told the winger that the Dutch manager ‘needs you now’ in response to his farewell statement, while one said the ‘foreshadowing’ of Antony’s message gave them ‘goosebumps’.
Fans begged Antony again to take up arms with Ten Hag after his farewell message
While Manchester United have struggled to get into gear, many of their competitors have had very busy transfer windows.
Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez for a club-record £85 million, Manchester City signed Erling Haaland for a £51 million deal and Spurs spent £25 million on Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.
Rival supporters reacted to the despair of Manchester United fans as they read the Brazilian’s farewell message to Ten Hag.
Some rival fans mock the Red Devils’ desperation in trying to close the Antony deal
The Dutch head coach brought Antony from Sao Paulo to Ajax in 2020 for an initial fee of £13 million, before developing him into a star at the club.
He scored 12 goals and 10 assists in all competitions in the past campaign, leading Ajax to its third Eredivisie title in four years.
His teammate Jurrien Timber and former Ajax star Frenkie de Jong have also been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but negotiations appear to have stalled in recent weeks.