LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Antony reportedly received criticism during his first season with Manchester United, but the Brazilian winger wants to stay “a long time” at Old Trafford.
When he signed an £85 million ($106 million) transfer to United in the summer of 2022, the 23-year-old attacker was reunited with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
The South American’s potential in English football was high, but in 42 games across all competitions, he has only managed to score eight goals and provide three assists.
Numerous people have questioned whether Antony is suited for life in the Premier League. However, the erratic forward claims to feel more at ease and is optimistic about his future with the Red Devils.
United’s official website states, “I feel like I’ve settled in and grown accustomed to the city of Manchester. There are quite a few Brazilians here. Me and Casemiro are always hanging out; we’re always doing something. I’ve settled into the city, and I’m loving life here. I hope I can spend a long time here.”
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The presence of fellow Brazilians Casemiro and Fred has helped Antony to adjust to the demands of life in the English top flight, while there are a number of Portuguese speakers at Old Trafford.
Antony added on those that are making him feel more at home: “Definitely [knowing Casemiro, Fred and Lisandro Martinez helped], and not just those guys, but Bruno Anthony Fernandes and Diogo Dalot [have helped] as well. “
“They’ve helped me a lot, as has our keeper, David [de Gea]. Having this support, being able to get advice from them, have them show me around and introduce me to things means a great deal. I’m really happy to have been welcomed in like this by all the players here.”
With United, Antony has already won the Carabao Cup, helping to end the club’s six-year trophy drought. He will be looking to win the FA Cup before the 2022–23 season is up and secure a top-four Premier League finish.