Manchester United winger Antony has opened up on his admiration for the ‘great goalkeeper’ Andre Onana amid reports of a potential reunion at Old Trafford.

Much has been made of the fact that Andre OnanaManchester United’s number one target to replace the departed David de Gea – won the Eredivisie title under Erik ten Hag during their final season together in 2021/22.

But, should United finally reach an agreement with Inter Milan, Onana will also find himself sharing a dressing room with two other familiar faces in Manchester.

Onana formed part of a rock-solid Ajax backline alongside Lisandro Martinez. The hope will be that can be replicated in England’s north west. He and Antony, meanwhile, enjoyed an ‘excellent relationship’ during their two year together in Amsterdam too. 

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“I know him very well,” Antony tells Gazzetta dello Sport. “We played together at Ajax. (Onana) is a great goalkeeper and a beautiful person.”

Man United and Inter Milan are yet to reach an agreement over the size of Onana’s fee, or the structure of any potential deal. But there remains ‘optimism’ on United’s side – as Fabrizio Romano puts it; Thursday a ‘crucial’ day in Ten Hag’s attempts to get the £51 million-rated Onana through the door before United jet out to the USA for their pre-season tour.

“(Whether we should sign Onana) is not for me to say. It’s the club’s decision and not mine,” Antony adds. “I can only say that it is certainly very strong and that there is an excellent relationship between us.”

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Onana would become Man United’s second signing of the window. The first – former Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount – impressed during the first half of Wednesday’s 2-0 pre-season friendly victory over Leeds United in Oslo.

“He’s a great player,” Antony says of Man United’s new £55 million number seven. “And I’m happy he’s here. He’ll give us a hand.

“But we have to think as a team. We are strong, and this season promises very well.”