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“Speak Portuguese”- Manchester United star explains secret to his instant connection with Antony

Diogo Dalot delighted with the bench strength as Manchester United come from behind against Omonia Nicosia.
Diogo Dalot delighted with the bench strength as Manchester United come from behind against Omonia Nicosia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Diogo Dalot feels ability to speak Portuguese has helped him link up with Manchester United forward Antony

New Manchester United signing Antony made his debut starting against Arsenal and his partnership with Diogo Dalot on the right-hand side was noticeable. The 23-year-old attributes their understanding to the ability to speak Portuguese.

The Red Devils signed the Brazilian from Ajax for big money just before the end of the summer transfer window. The forward reunited with Erik ten Hag in Manchester.

Antony was put straight into the action as the Gunners visited Old Trafford. Speaking to United’s official website (h/t Manchester Evening News), Dalot feels the Brazilian is going to be an important player for the Red Devils. The lack of a language barrier has helped the pair bond.

Diogo Dalot feels the ability to speak Portuguese has helped him link up with Manchester United forward Antony.
Diogo Dalot speaks on his partnership with new Manchester United signing Antony. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

“I think he will help us a lot. Obviously having the ability to speak Portuguese with him makes it a little bit quicker and easier to speak with him. I think the connection between him and every player has to be the same.

“We want to keep that connection between each other because we know that we’re going to need every player to be successful this season.”

Antony had a dream start to his United career. The Brazilian started against table toppers Arsenal who had gone unbeaten till then. We broke the deadlock in the 35th minute as the debutant scored past Aaron Ramsdale.

The Brazilian showed glimpses of his dribbling and trickery in the game as well. Antony had Dalot for support, who was playing as the right back. The Portugal international has solidified his place in the XI with his performances as well.

While under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dalot played a bit-part role, Ralf Rangnick preferred the 23-year-old over Aaron Wan-Bissaka. And since then, the Portuguese has staked his claim in the side.

Diogo Dalot feels the ability to speak Portuguese has helped him link up with Manchester United forward Antony.
Diogo Dalot has solidified his place in the Manchester United XI.

Antony lasted 58 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo replaced him as a substitute. While the Gunners did manage to equalise, a brace from Marcus Rashford handed the North London side their first defeat of the season and broke their perfect record. The England international seems to be back to his best under Ten Hag.

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Hopefully, United are able to continue their winning run in the league and the Dalot-Antony partnership can thrive.

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