Man United news: Pundit issues 'massive' Antony claim after 'definite' news
Noel Whelan has claimed Man United target Antony could “feel the pressure immediately” if he makes the “massive step up” from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old Ajax star could struggle to adapt to the “toughest league in the world”.
According to talkSPORT (13 June), Frenkie de Jong and Antony are looking like two “definite arrivals” at Man United this summer – with new boss Erik ten Hag having worked with both players at Ajax.
According to Goal Brasil (9 June), a deal for the six-cap winger could set the Red Devils back €60million (£51.2million).
Antony notched 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions in the 2021-22 season as Ajax lifted the league title.
Whelan suggested even mega-money arrivals Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland could struggle to adapt to the Premier League’s demands.
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“It’s a massive step up,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“There aren’t many sides in the Dutch league who are competitive with the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, and Feyenoord. It’s a huge step to the Premier League.
“Even Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez will be feeling the difference when they come to start the season. It’s a much more competitive and physical league with superstars everywhere.
“For someone coming from the Dutch league – I think he’ll feel the pressure immediately. He’ll see what it’s all about very quickly. That’s why it is known to be the toughest league in the world.
“Both the quality and the rigorous games week-in, week-out – it can take its toll.”
Man United will play Europa League football in the 2022-23 campaign.
Ten Hag is yet to make his first addition this summer.