Antony describes what it has been like sharing a dressing room with Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo
The Brazilian signed for the Red Devils during the summer transfer window from Ajax. Antony made his way to Old Trafford for big money. However, the 22-year-old got off to a blistering start with a debut goal against Arsenal.
Speaking to the club’s official website (h/t Metro), Antony shares what it has been like being around “the best in the world”. The Brazilian applauds Ronaldo for the influence the 37-year-old has had on him in the little time they have been together.
“Words can’t describe Cristiano, the best in the world.
“In just a few days, I’ve learnt a lot from him. He has an extraordinary mind and, whenever I talk to him, I take a lot from it.”
In the previous campaign, Ronaldo was United’s top goalscorer. The Portuguese arrived from Juventus in a move met with a lot of fanfare. And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not disappoint.
However, the rest of the supporting cast up front failed to make an impact. And the Red Devils ended the 2021/22 season on a disappointing note, finishing sixth.
However, Erik ten Hag has managed to revitalise the whole team this season. We have looked sharp up front. And Antony is confident about the quality of the forward line. The 22-year-old is raring to help the team.
“I’m sure that we have a strong attack and it’s very promising for the future. I’ve come to help my team-mates. Regardless of age, there’s immense talent in all the players.”
United’s attacking options are a mix of experience and youthfulness. While Ronaldo is 37, Alejandro Garnacho is also someone Ten Hag can count on. The 18-year-old has impressed many with his performances for the U21 side.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial failed to find their feet with the Red Devils in the previous campaign. However, the Dutch manager seems to have rejuvenated the trio.
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Antony is learning from one of the best at the moment in Manchester. Hopefully, the 22-year-old will develop into a world-class player in years to come.