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Antony says he is ‘really happy’ with his form despite a poor season (Picture: Getty)

Antony has made an bizarre decision to defend his Manchester United form despite producing zero goals and one assist in the Premier League this term.

United splashed out £86m to sign the Brazilian winger from Ajax but he has massively flopped at Old Trafford, particularly in his second season at the club.

Antony has played 25 Premier League matches so far in the 2023-24 campaign and is still waiting for his first goal with the club reportedly considering a sale.

The 24-year-old has conjured up just a singular assist – which came in the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea – while he has been slapped with four yellow cards.

It hasn’t been much better for Antony in other competitions, with zero goals and zero assists in the Champions League and Carabao Cup across five games.

The FA Cup is the only competition in which Antony has somewhat done himself justice, scoring twice and producing an assist in three appearances.

But two of those goal involvements came against fourth-tier side Newport County – who play three divisions below the Premier League.

Antony pictured getting instructions from Erik ten Hag in a match against Luton

Antony has massively flopped since his £86m move to Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

Despite a largely poor campaign, Antony insists he is ‘really happy’ with his form and is ‘very pleased’ with his performances.

‘I’m really happy with my form,’ Antony told MUTV. ‘ I’ve worked very hard every day towards this.

‘I’ve been working hard in training for months now, so I’m very pleased with my performances and I hope to improve with every game.

Rift between Antony and Erik ten Hag?

Manchester United denied talk of a rift between Erik ten Hag and Antony after the winger was left out of the squad against AFC Bournemouth.

Rumours on social media speculated Antony was suddenly dropped from the squad because of a row with the Dutchman over his playing time.

‘I know that there is a lot that can be improved and I’ve worked on this. I’m happy seeing my performances improve game-by-game.’

Speaking about his singular Premier League goal involvement this term – the assist against Chelsea – Antony added: ‘You can certainly expect a lot of these moments.

‘As I said, my confidence is back through hard work.

‘This despite having gone through a lot, I’ve been through some very difficult moments.

‘Today, I’m turning things around and have been for quite a while now. Importantly, I continue working regardless of the situation.

‘I was delighted with the assist for Garnacho and you can definitely expect a lot of good things ahead.’

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