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Antoine “the pressure”

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand claims Antony will be under immediate ‘pressure’ to deliver once his £85million transfer from Ajax is finalized.

On the latest episode of his Vibe with Five podcast, he said, “It’s the pressure.

These new recruits, [Lisandro] Martinez arrives, it looks like he doesn’t have a bit of pressure on him, it’s like you haven’t seen the price of the way he is playing at Man United.

“Antony, you hope, gets to the level where he gets to £100m or around that figure, that he gets in and it doesn’t weigh heavily on his neck.

“You watch [Jack] Grealish last year, he wasn’t the same Grealish who played at Aston Villa, so that may weigh heavily.

“He won the league so he’s happy so it doesn’t matter, but sometimes when players come in with the big transfer fee they don’t play with the freedom they had before, and that can be Several things.

“It can be the heavy price tag and the pressure and attention of being in the spotlight, a new environment, a club and a culture they’re not used to, and a team set up they’re not used to. not used to those three things are big things that come into play when you sign but you have to have the personality and the character to deal with it all, that’s a big thing.

“Antony, people also forget, you’re spending that money on Antony and he’s not the finished article, 22, so you’re really buying potential at 22 to come in and play, so don’t expect that he’s going to come in and be absolutely fiery from day one.

“Scholesy [Paul Scholes] well said it the other day you have to forget the price these days because prices are just stupid they are wacky and judge them for what they are who they are and when they come at the club.

“Martinez is a bit more experienced and you look at Antony and you go there, he has great potential, let’s see what he can do.”