Antony: Man Utd fan's Twitter thread analyses Brazil star after watching him for months

  • Kobe Tong
Antony balling for Ajax.

Antony is seemingly a Manchester United player in all but name right now.

Having been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer long, the last few weeks have seen the Brazilian winger really start pushing for a move and the Glazer family loosening their pursestrings in tandem.

The result has been a major transfer that has fans simultaneously excited about seeing the player in action and wary that the club has paid through their nose to get the deal over the line.

Man Utd sign Antony

The move was given Fabrizio Romano’s revered ‘here we go’ seal of approval earlier this week with the fee for Antony’s services weighing in at an eye-watering €100 million.

It’s the third signing that Erik ten Hag has completed from the Eredivisie this summer with Lisandro Martinez having already made the move over from Ajax, while Tyrell Malacia was plucked from Feyenoord.

But exactly what will Antony bring to the table compared to the likes of Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga that United can already call upon in wide positions?

Besides, that’s ultimately what’s most important because the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne have been a testament to the fact that sometimes overpaying for a transfer can be worth it in the long run.

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How will Antony benefit Man Utd?

And when it comes to getting a feel for the impact that a new player will have on your team, there can be no substitute for, well, sitting down and watching their body of work with your own two eyes.

Preferably full games and ‘every touch’ videos, that is, as opposed to YouTube’s favourite ‘Welcome to -insert club-‘ trend where the imperfections of a player can often be smoothed out with some nightclub music and careful editing.

So that’s perhaps why a Twitter thread written by a United fan who’s watched Antony over the last few months has resonated with so many supporters online over the last few days.

Antony celebrates at Ajax.
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group C – Ajax Amsterdam v Borussia Dortmund – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 19, 2021 Ajax Amsterdam’s Antony celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Twitter thread on Antony’s strengths and weaknesses

Twitter user @htomufc has amassed hundreds of retweets and thousands of ‘likes’ for giving their honest thoughts on different aspects of Antony’s game from the perspective of someone cheering on the Red Devils.

They themselves disclaim at the end of the thread: “I am not an analyst or anything of the sorts these are just my opinions and takeaways having watched a lot of Antony of the past months,” but that could well be why their unfiltered walkthrough has resonated with so many users.

And you can check it out yourself by working through the full thread, complete with videos of Antony in action, down below to see if you agree or disagree with their conclusions.

Fan's Twitter thread on Antony.
The fan focuses on Antony's splaying style.

Antony will help Man Utd positionally.
Antony pulls defenders out wide.
AWB and Dalot could hold Man Utd back.
Fans gives his thoughts on Antony.

Interesting. Very interesting.

Exciting for Man Utd fans

Credit to the United fan in question for not sugarcoating the situation and making out as though Antony is the second coming of Lionel Messi, skating over the blemishes and overhyping the plus points.

That being said, on the whole, the Twitter thread goes a long way towards reiterating a lot of the wider compliments surrounding Antony and what his reunion with Ten Hag could do to benefit the Old Trafford side.

Yes, he’ll offer excellent dribbling, silky skills and invention in the final third, but exciting too is his tactical discipline, channelling ‘Ten Hag Ball’ with his expansive movement and high-volume crossing.

Ten Hag coaching Man Utd.
Soccer Football – Pre-Season Friendly – Manchester United Training – Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand – July 11, 2022 Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag during training REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

For every viral trick that’s cut straight out of FIFA Street, you’ll be able to revel in Antony putting teams on the rack by hugging the touchline and duly spraying quick passes to Cristiano Ronaldo and co.

Obviously, the proof will be in the pudding as you never quite know how certain players will adapt to the Premier League, but both the sentiment amongst professional analysts and onlooking fans is most definitely positive.

Dare we say that it’s exciting times at United right now…? Ok, maybe that’s too much.

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