Man United initially valued Antony at £25m, before paying £82m to sign player

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Man United initially valued Antony at £25m under the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regime, before paying over three times that amount to sign the Brazilian.

Over the years, Manchester United have made some horrendous signings under the Glazer regime. A desire to overspend to fix persistent issues in the squad has left the Red Devils going round in circles, with a dressing room filled with overhyped, overpaid footballers.

Jose Mourino, Louis van Gaal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Erik ten Hag have all fallen foul to this major flaw of the club in the last decade. No doubt this is a big reason as to why Sir JIm Ratcliffe wants to hop on board and help fix those issues.

A report from The Athletic sheds more light on one situation in particular; Antony. Their sources state that under Solskjaer, United initially valued the Brazil international at around the £25m mark.

Obviously, no move was made for the Brazilian at that time, though shortly after, the club initially coughed up £82m to bring in the winger, who worked with Ten Hag at Ajax.

Again, this just shows United’s desperation at times. Even during the summer where Antony joined, he was available for about £20m cheaper if the Reds just conducted their business earlier on…

After watching Antony for about eighteen months now, it’s fair to say £82m was a massive overpay. He’s extremely one-footed and not really a goal threat. Yes, he’s still young enough to develop those aspects in his game, but I do worry about just how much he can improve.

In terms of overall value, the £25m seems far more in line with Antony’s overall output so far, despite the fact he is the right stylistic fit for the way Ten Hag likes to play the game.

Let’s hope the winger can start to improve, or else I’d imagine we’ll start seeing rumours suggesting that Antony could be on the way out…

Do you think Antony is good enough for Man United? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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