·1 September 2022
·1 September 2022
Antony moves from Ajax was confirmed earlier today.
He said of Ten Hag: “Erik ten Hag is an excellent coach. I've got tremendous respect and affection for him. From the moment I arrived at Ajax he treated me so well and put his faith in me. It's not by chance I had such a great run of form under him for two years.
"We developed this mutual trust and closeness. He's a manager I have respect and affection for – when I found out he was moving here I wished him all the best and all the success he deserves. Now I'm alongside him once again, I hope to make history and develop and grow further under his management.
“When I arrived, I started settling in and getting to know people. Erik got to know me and knows what I'm like. He knows what my daily work is like, how I train, how I give 100 per cent in games and this trust grew and developed. His confidence in me grew as he got to know me better and I'm really happy and grateful to see his confidence in my game from my time at Ajax. He knew what type of person I was, my work ethic. I'm really grateful and Erik has all my respect and affection and it will be a privilege and an honour to be working with him again.
“What stands out about him for me is his intelligence. His tactical knowledge, game strategy, attacking play and pressing game that I know very well after working with him for two years. With Erik's style, I was always watching Manchester United from home and I could see this style and see myself here working with him again. What really stands out about Erik is his intelligence.
"I embraced him just now and thanked him in person for believing in my signing. I was really excited and looking forward to coming here and putting on this shirt. I'm grateful for the faith and confidence from Erik, not just Erik but all the directors here at Manchester United. I feel really grateful and happy and rest assured I will repay this faith on the pitch by giving 100 per cent."
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