Peter Schmeichel has warned Antony that he will not have an “easy ride” at Manchester United following his dream debut against Arsenal.
Antony was known to be one of United’s priority signings during the summer and they got their man on deadline day.
Ajax were holding out for a record fee in the Eredivisie and they got their wish as the fee for the winger could reach £84.8m with add-ons.
The Brazil international came straight in to make his full debut for the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
His career at Man Utd had got off to a great start as he netted the opening goal in the host’s 3-1 victory.
Bukayo Saka equalised for the Gunners but United ran out winners thanks to Marcus Rashford’s brace.
Antony will be hoping to kick on from this excellent debut to help Man Utd achieve a successful season under Erik ten Hag.
Schmeichel has warned Antony that playing in the Premier League is a different level of challenge to the Eredivisie:
“We spent a lot of money on him and you need to put your faith in the manager a little bit and believe that he knows what he’s bringing in,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“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.
“We’ve seen it many times before. Let’s enjoy that he played really well and have a laugh at where he celebrated his goal [in front of the Arsenal fans].”
Schmeichel added: “I think what pleases me the most is the mentality, you see the running and putting pressure on the ball, things we haven’t seen the team do for a while.
“It looks like Ten Hag is getting his message across to the players and they’re responding.”
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