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"A much better player than Antony.." - Dutch legend claims Man Utd signed the wrong Ajax forward

"A much better player than Antony.." - Dutch legend claims Man Utd signed the wrong Ajax forward

A Dutch legend claims one Ajax forward is better than Man Utd star Antony.

Legendary striker Marco van Basten has claimed that a former Ajax team-mate of Manchester United winger Antony is "much better" than the Brazilian winger.

The Red Devils made a late swoop for the 22-year-old towards the end of August, having been linked with a move for much of the transfer window.

United eventually sealed a deal worth £86 million to sign the winger, who scored on his Premier League debut against Arsenal.

He then scored a superb curling effort in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City in October, as he made an excellent start to life in English football.

But Antony has scored just one goal, and provided no assists, in 10 Premier League games since then, and has missed the last four matches in all competitions through injury.

Questions have been raised over his form. Manager Erik ten Hag said last month that he 'can do better', although praised his impact and contribution to the team when he plays.

Now Van Basten has appeared to question whether United should have signed Antony, and pointed out a current Ajax forward who is better.

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Speaking to Dutch outlet Ziggo Sport, three-time Ballon d'Or winner Van Basten believes Ajax star Mohammed Kudus is a "much better player" than Antony.

The Dutch legend, who starred for Ajax and AC Milan during his playing career, explained (quotes via Goal): "I find Mohammed Kudus a much better football player than Antony.

"Antony has his skills, but he is confused with the things he is trying to do! Kudus has much better technique and he knows what he is doing.

"Antony may be faster, but Kudus is smarter and more technical. He is much more of a footballer, you can place him anywhere on the pitch, an all-rounder for the team.

"In fact, I like him much better than Antony. He's more fun to watch play."

Kudus has had a superb season for Ajax, scoring nine goals in 21 Eredivisie appearances.

But it is in the Champions League where he shone brightest, netting four goals and provided two assists in six matches despite Ajax being knocked out at the group stage.

He was linked with a move to United in January, but the club focused on loan deals instead. They could launch a move for the 22-year-old, who represented Ghana at the World Cup, this summer.

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Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Antony, Erik Ten Hag, Ajax