Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra fumes over Antony’s move to Manchester United and understands manager’s anger


Ajax have been furious after Manchester United completed an £85m move for their Brazilian winger Antony.

United launched a full-scale raid on the Dutch champions in the summer by signing manager Erik ten Hag before landing defender Lisandro Martinez and winger Antony.

Ten Hag managed to lure Brazilian winger Antony to Old Trafford on deadline day
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Manchester United’s interest in the latter led to him refusing to play for Ajax until they accepted an offer from the Red Devils – which was finally completed on Thursday.

Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra was furious with the way the deal for the Brazilian went, which left coach Alfred Schreuder out of options.

“Manchester United’s timing was so bad,” Hamstra told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“The last days [of the transfer window] became even more restless after Ajax had already gone through a major squad rebuild following the departure of many top players.

“It was so difficult to leave our manager with such a void. We all think we’ve lost too many first-team players who always start. We had a summer with totally different expectations.

“We wanted to keep the group together as much as possible so that we can perform well in the Champions League and continue to be successful.

Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra fumes over Antony's move to Manchester United and understands manager's anger
Gerry Hamstra (left) was unhappy with the timing of Manchester United’s pursuit of Antony
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“That’s what we talked about with Alfred. Of course, we knew there were a few hiccups.

“But no one anticipated that our players would be bought for such huge sums.”

It could have been even worse for Ajax had they not turned down United’s offer for defender Jurrien Timber earlier in the transfer window.

But they managed to loan Lucas Ocampos to Sevilla moments before the transfer deadline to try to fill the void left by Antony.

Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra fumes over Antony's move to Manchester United and understands manager's anger
Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez resorted to a rude tirade to secure his transfer to Old Trafford

The Red Devils paid £55million for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in July but it hasn’t all been easy for the Argentina international who reportedly branded Hamstra a ‘f****** person’ in a bid to push through his move to Old Trafford.

Reluctant to lose their star names, Ajax tried to hold their ground, but Antony’s decision to go on strike ultimately led to his late exit, leaving Schreuder furious.

Hamstra added: “I completely understand Schreuder’s anger. I was a coach myself, so I know how annoying it is when your best player leaves at the very last minute.

“‘We didn’t want that, we wanted to keep Antony.”

Ajax sporting director Gerry Hamstra fumes over Antony's move to Manchester United and understands manager's anger
Antony ran to celebrate his first goal with cheering Manchester United fans
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Meanwhile, Antony made the perfect start to his United career, scoring on his first start for the club.

The winger fired in United’s opener in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal to hand the Gunners their first loss of the season.

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