Erik ten Hag on Cristiano Ronaldo staying at Man Utd
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes thinks Antony can get ‘even better’ after his debut goal against Arsenal on Sunday. The Red Devils got the better of their fierce rivals during a pulsating clash at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford also scoring twice. They’re now just three points behind the Gunners at the top of the Premier League table, with six matches played.
Manchester United made it four wins in a row against Arsenal on Sunday.
Antony put the Red Devils ahead in the first half, with the Brazil international scoring on his debut just days after moving from Ajax in a huge £84.5million deal.
Arsenal were able to level through Bukayo Saka but the Red Devils responded through Rashford, with the England international netting twice in the closing stages to give his side all three points.
With Antony scoring, United already appear to have a new hero.
The 22-year-old pushed to move to Old Trafford throughout the summer and, upon scoring, kissed the badge to make his feelings clear.
Fernandes, speaking to ViaplayFotboll, has now hailed Antony and expressed a belief he can get even better after the match.
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“Antony is amazing. Obviously an amazing feeling for him. I’m really happy for what he did today,” he said.
“He will adapt to the Premier League and he will be even better.”
Fernandes wasn’t alone in hailing Antony after the game, with United boss Erik ten Hag also singling out the forward for praise following his debut heroics.
“I think we have already seen what a threat he is. Speed and creativity are a real threat in the Premier League,” he said.
“And he is a part of it. And I think we missed a player on the right wing because all the players that can play there like Jadon Sancho, like Marcus Rashford, prefer more the centre or the left side.
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“Now, we have the one who can play really good over the right wing, so there was a missing link.
“Now, today’s first performance here, he did well, but he can step up.
“I know him from Amsterdam. I know this is a different league, but there is potential and he will get that.
“He will be even better than he was today. But I would say today already, it was a great goal.
“Although, I must mention all the goals today were team goals.”
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Ten Hag feels United’s character is improving, too, but wants his team to dictate and control more matches in order to evolve.
“Definitely. I must say Arsenal played well, but we defend well,” he said.
“And I never had the feeling they would break us. And they had good possession, a lot of movement and creativity.
“But we had a good defending line, but we defend as a team with all eleven [players]. But still, we can have better pressing organisation, we can keep them further away from our goal and control them very well.
“We need a little more composure on the ball. And you can control and dictate the game even more.”
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, insisted VAR cost his side the game after Gabriel Martinelli had a goal chalked off before Antony opened the scoring.
“It’s a lack of consistency,” he told Sky Sports when quizzed on the incident.
“What is soft? Last week, they [Aston Villa] got a goal when there’s a foul on Aaron [Ramsdale], but it’s soft and it’s not a foul.
“Then there’s a penalty on Bukayo [Saka, by Tyrone Mings] but it’s soft and not a penalty. Today this is a foul.
“There were some strong tackles and no yellow cards because the threshold is low because it’s a big game. It’s really difficult to accept.”
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