Erik ten Hag could soon reveal his dream Manchester United front three

While it certainly wasn’t the individual campaign that Antony had hoped for, the Brazilian striker did show glimpses of his quality. The striker has shown at times why the club were so desperate to bring him to Old Trafford, but now he needs to start delivering consistently.

The 23-year-old was always Erik ten Hag’s priority target in attack last summer, and after United’s disastrous defeats to Brighton and Brentford, it was clear the Reds needed reinforcements. In the end, it was no surprise that Antony ended up going to Old Trafford, but after earlier bids were rejected, the Reds ended up paying Ajax £85.5 million for his services.

His desire to sign for United impressed the club’s hierarchy and the Brazilian ace made the perfect start to life with the Reds. The striker scored in the first three games in the Premier League, but the goals quickly dried up.

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Antony hasn’t scored in the top flight since taking on Everton in October and the winger has also failed to register an assist in that period. Despite this, he was impressive in cup competitions and scored a total of four goals in the FA Cup, Europa League and Carabao Cup.

His two recent goals – against Barcelona and Real Betis in the Europa League – have been the hallmark of Antony’s goals. Both were left-footed shots from the hoop and both gave the opposing goalkeeper no chance. They were perfect examples of why United wanted him in the side.

Antony has looked much better since returning from a leg injury that ruled him out for four games, and his performances in the play-off win over Barcelona and the first leg triumph over Betis in Europe were two of his best in months. With United’s forwards struggling for goals in this period, the pressure on players like Antony was intense.

Next season should be easier for Antony and a few of his other teammates. United are expected to sign a new striker at the end of the campaign, and MEN Sports understand that Harry Kane is Ten Hag’s main attacking target to bolster United’s attack this summer.

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