Manchester United star Antony greeted after making an immediate impact

Manchester United star Antony greeted after making an immediate impact

Manchester United star Antony greeted after making an immediate impact

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Antony’s dream debut goal set Manchester United on the path to victory against Arsenal, with Diogo Dalot saying the arrival on deadline day has already impressed teammates.

After a long, and sometimes bumpy, chase of the 22-year-old, Erik ten Hag finally got his man when a deal was struck with his former club Ajax for a deal that could reach € 100m (£ 84.8m). ).

The odds have raised eyebrows, but there is no doubt about the potential of Antony, who had a chance to show right from the start against leaders Arsenal, just days after completing his move.

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Antony and Marcus Rashford scored goals to expel Arsenal (Martin Rickett / PA)

The Brazilian international opened the scoring with a handsome left on an Old Trafford rebound on Sunday, with Marcus Rashford scoring a 3-1 win after Bukayo Saka’s equalizer.

Dalot was delighted to have played his part in United’s fourth straight win and enjoyed his first taste of playing with right winger Antony.

“(Playing with Antony was) very good,” said the Portugal right-back. “He showed that in just two or three days he could come in and make the difference he made with a good goal, a good team goal.

“He is one more player to help, we want to build an excellent squad this season and we will have more quality with him.

It has the advantage of knowing the manager’s way of thinking.

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Diogo Dalot celebrated Manchester United’s fourth consecutive win (Dave Thompson / AP / PA)

“He has already adapted to his football team and now he has adapted to his new teammates and I think you can see from the minutes he played that he showed some character, he showed some desire, which I’m sure every fan will love.

“The quality he has, the mentality he has, I think it will improve us.”

Dalot says the ability to converse with Antony in their shared native language of Portuguese can make it easier for them to make a connection.

But the 23-year-old is confident he is comfortable with everyone right now, given the team’s increasing coordination during his best streak of individual performances with United.

“I feel like it has been a good time, individually, collectively,” said Dalot, who joined from Porto in 2018.

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Erik ten Hag knows what his new signing Antony (Martin Rickett / PA) is capable of

“When collectively you are good, people come later, this is what I have been fighting for, to show my level.

“This is the level I want to maintain for a long time, there is still room for improvement and it is what I aim for every single day, to improve what I have to improve but to maintain consistency, to maintain the level because these are the standards of this club” .

Put to Dalot that the players seem to be showing more struggle, he added: “I think it comes from the messages the manager gives us, but the main point was from ourselves: to be in this club you have to fight for it.

“You have to fight for 90 minutes every single game and that’s what we’re trying to do, then the quality will rise.

But the basics, the standards of the club are like that and if we keep doing it for a long time I think we will be successful.

“But we know it’s a marathon, not a sprint. This is going to be a long season and we need all the small points, the victories to build momentum and this match was a beautiful afternoon ”.

As United celebrated their fourth straight win, Premier League leaders Arsenal left Old Trafford frustrated as their perfect start to the season came to an end.

Mikel Arteta’s side played well for long periods, but remained empty-handed, leading Gabriel Jesus – four-time Premier League winner with Manchester City – to stress the need to eliminate opponents.

“The feeling is frustrating because we play, we control the game and the first two goals we conceded were better than them, the opponent,” said the fit frontman. “And then we just concede.

“But now is the time to learn from it and improve. We are doing very well this season, but there are still things to improve for everyone, as individuals and as a team.

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Gabriel Jesus was on the losing side for the first time this season (Martin Rickett / PA)

“We are all together and we stick together until the end.

We came to play against a strong opponent and it’s always tough, it’s the Premier League.

“So we are not happy because, in my opinion, we could win because we play much better.

“But that’s football, they also have qualities and so if you don’t go there and kill, you’ll have a big problem – and that’s what happened.”

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