Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar said Manchester United’s offer for Antony over the summer was too good to ignore.
However, he noted that the Brazilian, who joined the Red Devils over the summer, is a ‘potential world star.’
Manchester United signed the 22-year-old for £85million, making him their most expensive signing of all time after Paul Pogba.
Antony has since scored three goals for the club against Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton.
Van der Sar, who is Ajax’s CEO, admits the Dutch side were eager to keep the Brazil international for another year but could not turn down the huge offer from Old Trafford.
“Still young, still potential,” van der Sar told The Athletic.
“We would have liked to keep him here one year longer but the fee got so high.
“We challenged United to go as far as possible. They have a potential world star.”