Antony has made an immediate impact at Manchester United, scoring on his debut against Arsenal just 48 hours after his move from Ajax was officially finalised.
Much has been made of his big-money move from Ajax, but the Brazilian adapted quickly to Premier League play.
Erik ten Hag introduced Antony to European football in 2020 when he signed him for Ajax, and his progress has been astounding since then.
Prior to this week’s international break, where he will play for Brazil, Antony revealed that training at United differs from that at Ajax, despite the fact that both clubs are managed by the same person.
“Training is very different but I’d prepared for it mentally,” Antony is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“I knew how intense it would be as I’ve always followed the Premier League. I knew how intense the games were and have prepared and trained a lot to be at 100 per cent as soon as possible.
“The team are part of an excellent squad so we have got to know each other and established an understanding to reach this level and develop our football. We are getting to know each other better each day, game by game, so that this harmony can flow and it all works out.”
Antony came on as a second-half substitute in Brazil’s 3-0 triumph over Ghana earlier this week, and he will now be looking for a regular spot in the starting lineup.
Ten Hag was desperate to sign a left-footed winger to play on the right flank, and after three games with Antony on that side, it’s easy to see why.
Antony provides the balance that United has lacked, and his knowledge with Ten Hag’s system lightens the load on the rest of the club. Furthermore, it appears that he has already reached an promising understanding with right-back Diogo Dalot.
Antony’s stay in Manchester is off to a great start, but it’s far from over.