Antony has already proved he was right to turn City down, now he must show them

Antony is set to face Manchester City for the first time this weekend as a Manchester United player.

Having scored on his debut against Arsenal, Antony has already shown United he is a big game performer who can be trusted to deliver.

A winning goal in Ajax’s clash with rivals Feyenoord last season will also have demonstrated to Erik ten Hag, his capability to make a difference in big matches.

Antony will have added incentive to perform against City too, having reportedly turned down a move to the club in 2019, per The Telegraph.

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Antony turned City down

The Telegraph reported how Antony snubbed a move to Manchester City three years ago, feeling it was the wrong move for his career.

The report stated: “Pep Guardiola’s side submitted an offer of €20m (£17m) that included a first season on loan at Sporting CP, but Antony did not feel ready to move halfway across the world and chose instead to extend his contract with Sao Paulo.”

Antony has already proven right not to take the move. Signing for City and being farmed out to Sporting was not an attractive option for him.

He signed with Ajax in the following transfer window in 2020 and became a regular for the club quickly, establishing himself as a key player for the club.

Antony flourished working under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, becoming one of Europe’s most in-demand players. Manchester United made the big push to sign him, paying a staggering £81 million to bring him to the club to reunite him with Ten Hag again.

The winger has shown he chose the right route to stardom. It’s quite possible he would have succeeded through City’s path, but it’s extremely tough as a young player to establish themselves at a top Premier League club, as Amad and Facundo Pellistri have experienced at United.

Antony has proven to himself that he was right to snub City. Now he has to go and prove it to them.

This Sunday’s derby is an ideal time to make a statement and propel Manchester United to a memorable away victory, and Antony would love to make a decisive impact.

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