Antony claims he will give “blood, sweat and tears” for the Manchester United cause after finishing his £85.5million move to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old Brazilian winger is set for a rite of passage subsequent to being cleared to confront Arsenal this end of the week.
He gets together with international partners Casemiro and Fred, in addition to Lisandro Martinez who he played close by for Ajax before the defender took a similar action from Amsterdam this mid year.
An emotional Antony is obviously never going to budge on stalling out into the Premier League after United hustled to finish his paperwork to permit him to face the club who additionally needed him, Arsenal, this Sunday.
And he is promising the same passion that has already made Argentine centre-back Martinez the club’s player of the month for August.
Antony said: “Martinez has his Argentinian style, we know it well. I love it and it motivates me to see him play. The way he competes, the way he plays he gives his heart and soul on the pitch.
“I have the same personality he knows me well and knows what I’m like. I put my body on the line – blood, sweat and tears.
“If I need to leave the pitch really hurting no problem, it’s my life, it’s my job.
“Watching Martinez, I know him well, up close. He’s a great player we can all see, people recognise this.”
It was Antony’s desire to play for United that encouraged the club to over double their first £40million offer to get him before the transfer deadline.
Antony said: “I’ve been dreaming about this, I’ve been losing sleep thinking about it, my head and heart were here.
“Erik knows, everyone at Manchester United knows about my desire to be here and wear the United shirt.
“I can’t wait to put my boots on and start playing and helping my teammates, I’m really looking forward to it.
“I want to make history here, I hope to achieve great things with the club. I’m delighted and honoured to look at my chest and see that I’m wearing the badge of this massive club.”
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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