Man Utd star Antony explains Ronaldo talks and shuts down critics

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Manchester United star Antony has admitted he’s trying to learn as much as possible from Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. The duo are team-mates after the Brazil international arrived from Ajax back in the summer. And the Samba star has also insisted he won’t cut out the showboating that he’s already brought to the Premier League.

Manchester United spent a huge £84.5million on Antony back in the summer transfer window, with the Brazil international then proceeding to net on his debut against Arsenal days later.

And the Samba star has now admitted he’s hoping to learn as much as possible from Ronaldo during their time together.

Ronaldo wanted to leave United back in the summer but, with no club willing to pay his eye-watering £500,000-a-week salary, has been forced to stay put.

Antony, speaking to club media, is delighted with that outcome.

“I’ve come to help my team-mates,” he said.

“Regardless of age, there’s immense talent in all the players.

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“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.

“I’m sure that we have a strong attack and it’s very promising for the future.”

Antony has gone viral for his tricks and flicks at United so far, even attracting criticism for showing such flair on the field.

Dutch football manager Henk ten Cate was one critic, saying recently: “He is not really at the top yet. I measure that by the return that he had in the Dutch league [18 goals and 14 assists in 57 games]. That’s a bit disappointing.

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“In England, you get sawn off at your ankles. If I was his coach, I would tell him to stop doing that [dribbling].”

But Antony has insisted he won’t change, and that he’s always been eager to put on a show for supporters inside the stadium.

“I’ve always done this,” he said.

“Not just here but for all the teams I’ve played for.

“I’ve been doing it ever since I was a child. I’ve always done it – it’s one of my characteristics.

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“I am adapting and getting used to things here already. Entertaining is something I’ve always liked and I’ll continue doing it.”

Antony and Ronaldo have had a mixed start to their spell together at United.

They impressed as the Red Devils beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday, with Marcus Rashford bagging a brace in that showdown.

However, the duo were unable to perform at their best in Thursday night’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.

After that game, Ronaldo was criticised by Steve Nicol – who suggested the veteran was starting to look his age at 37.

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Speaking to ESPN, he said: “I’ll be honest, when you mention the game, the only thing I have in my head is Ronaldo clean through [on goal] and getting caught by two players.

“That’s kind of what springs to my mind. And he did have another look.

“He had a couple of other chances, not as good as that one, but there was just something missing.

“That’s what I think about when I think of this game.

“There wasn’t much in it between the two sides, not that many chances in the game.

“But that’s the only thing I can think of. The fact that Ronaldo was clean through and looked every one of those 36, 37 years.”

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