Peter Schmeichel says the Premier League not ‘an easy ride’ after Antony scores on his debut for Manchester United
Former Manchester United captain Peter Schmeichel has sent a warning to Antony after his impressive debut against Arsenal. The former Red Devils’ shot-stopper has suggested the Premier League is not going to be “an easy ride” for the Brazilian.
Antony was signed by United from Ajax in a big money move this summer. The 22-year-old had been one of the best players in the Eredivisie before his move to England.
The Brazilian started his career in Manchester on the front foot with a debut goal against Arsenal. However, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live (h/t Metro), Schmeichel has asked for patience to let Antony settle at United.
“We all know that it’s a very big difference coming from other leagues into the Premier League and, on top of that, having to perform for Manchester United.
“When it’s going well, they get praise and hopefully Antony can do well every game. He played well and is grabbing all the headlines today.
“But we don’t want to put too much pressure on him though and have to let this young man settle in and get used to the Premier League because it’s not going to be an easy ride for him. It’s not an easy ride for anyone coming to this league and especially playing for United.”
The Danish national knows all about the pressure of playing for United, having spent eight years with the Red Devils. While Antony has gotten off the mark quickly, there are lots of ups and downs when playing for a side as big as the Manchester-based club.
United started the 2022/23 campaign in a disappointing fashion. The Red Devils lost against Brighton & Hove Albion in the first competitive fixture of Erik ten Hag’s reign.
Visiting the Gtech Community Stadium did not prove fruitful either, as Brentford stung us with four goals in the first half. None of our players were able to get on the scoresheet in the two fixtures.
However, since the Liverpool game, the tide has shifted in United’s favour. The gaffer has been able to bring the best out of our attacking options. And Ten Hag has made a bold decision by keeping someone like Cristiano Ronaldo out of the XI in four consecutive matches.
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While Antony has got off to a flying start, expectations around the Brazilian need to be tamed. There is a lot of talent and potential in the 22-year-old. However, fans cannot be too hasty in judging the Brazilian.