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Ajax boss reverses stance on Antony to Manchester United transfer with ‘perfect’ comment

It was an arduous series of negotiations that saw Antony finally make the move to United. A day before the transfer window closed on September 1, the club finally announced that an agreement had been reached.

United paid Ajax 95million (82.5million) up front, with 5million (4.3million) due in add-ons. Antony made his intention clear to sign for United and work with Erik ten Hag again as he refused to play for the Eredivisie side in the final days of the transfer window to try and force through a deal.

The Brazilian made his debut for United at Old Trafford against Arsenal and scored just 35 minutes into the 3-1 win. His celebration showed just how badly he wanted the move, as he clawed at and kissed the club crest, sending the crowd into raptures.

Schreuder had previously publicly criticised Antony's behaviour as the transfer reached its ultimate conclusion. The Ajax boss has now praised his former player after the 22-year-old made the move to United this summer.

He told TNT Sports (via Sport Witness ): That was, for me, disappointing, the way it happened. I spoke about it. But of course he can make this transfer. Its also the philosophy of Ajax, they play two or three years good and they can go. So for him its a perfect next step, it can be very good. But the moment in that window was, for us, not good.”

Schreuder was then asked what his communication was like Antony and admitted that, despite his previous disapproval of his actions, he does admire his former winger.

Of course, I talked a lot with him,” the Ajax boss added. “Hes a great guy, hes a great person.