New Man Utd duo Casemiro and Antony have been warned by one journalist that Old Trafford has been a “graveyard of Brazilians” over the years.
Eyebrows were raised over both deals this summer with Casemiro swapping Real Madrid for Man Utd in a deal worth £70m, while Antony joined from Ajax for £86m.
Casemiro was seen as a bit of a risk because of the price the Red Devils are paying for a 30-year-old and there have been many claims that Man Utd have overpaid for his Brazil team-mate Antony.
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Casemiro has only played 51 minutes so far over his three substitute appearances but Man Utd have won all their matches since he joined last month.
Antony made an immediate impression in his first game for the Premier League club on Sunday when he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory over Arsenal.
But Brazilian journalist Rafael Reis insists that Man Utd could ruin Antony and Casemiro’s chances of making the World Cup squad this winter.
“The market was very busy for Brazilians in a World Cup year, which is good and bad,” Reis told UOL (via Sport Witness). “It is always a danger to go to a new club three, four months before the World Cup.
“Antony and Casemiro, the two biggest deals involving Brazilians, went to Manchester United. By history, the club is a ‘graveyard of Brazilians’. Which Brazilian has played well there throughout history? It’s a danger.”
Antony has scored 17 goals and 12 assists over the last two Eredivisie seasons for Ajax and he got off to a great for Man Utd, scoring with a lovely side-foot finish against Arsenal on Sunday.
And Ten Hag is excited about the 22-year-old’s potential as he plays more Premier League matches for the Red Devils.
After the match, Ten Hag said: “I know what he can be, I talked before the game we needed that on the right wing.
“With his pace, his dribbles, his pressing capabilities, he’s really good with that, we’ve seen that and at this moment he lacks a little bit of power, he missed some training, injury the last 10 days.
“You can see his potential. He has to work for it to get that, the intensity of the Premier League is going to be high and a challenge for him, but we’ve seen his potential today, it’s great he scored the first goal.”