Erik ten Hag had to wait all summer for Manchester United to sign Antony but the Brazilian showed he was worth the wait with his debut performance against Arsenal on Sunday.
The winger was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up and put United 1-0 up after 35 minutes, with a goal that saw every single player in our team touch the ball before Marcus Rashford claimed the assist.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Antony sung the praises of his teammates for putting it on a plate for him.
Marcus passed the ball to perfection so when it came [to me], there was not much more I had to do. I saw the goalkeeper and the ball just came perfectly to me to place it as I did. I was very happy to just go with my instinct.
Bruno Fernandes had the ball, I think he shrugged off Gabriel Jesus, and then he touched the ball to Jadon Sancho,” said our new signing, almost in the style of a match commentator. Sancho made the touch to Marcus and I knew he could slip the ball either way. And when Marcus, being a very intelligent player, realised I could make a run, I just took off. He slipped the ball and I took the chance well.
Antony celebrated wildly when the goal went in, grabbing the badge on his shirt, and talked afterwards about how much it meant to him.
To score my first goal and share this moment with the crowd, with a great atmosphere, was brilliant. From the moment I stepped on to the pitch, I already had goosebumps because I know how much I wanted to be here and I know how much the crowd wanted this. When I saw the ball going in, and the net shaking, I express all my feelings the way I did. Yes, it gave me goosebumps for sure.