Erik ten Hag hails badge-kissing ‘missing link’ Antony after £85.5m new boy’s goalscoring Man Utd debut against Arsenal

    ANTONY had a dream goalscoring debut and kissed the Manchester United badge 35 minutes into his first game for the club.

    The £85.5million buy went straight into the team after his transfer deadline day move to Old Trafford.

    Antony netted at Old Trafford on his Manchester United debut

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    Antony netted at Old Trafford on his Manchester United debutCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    The £85.5million man kissed the badge after finding the back of the net

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    The £85.5million man kissed the badge after finding the back of the netCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

    And the 22-year-old Brazilian winger justified the faith placed in him by his old Ajax boss in opening the scoring and celebrating in style.

    After the game Erik ten Hag hailed him as the “missing link” in United’s offensive line and promised there is much more to come.

    The United manager, who coached Antony at Ajax, said: “Antony did well but I think he can step up.

    “This is a different league but there is potential.

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    “But already he was there with a great goal.

    “He will be a threat in the Premier League. I know what he can be.

    “With his pace, his dribbles, his pressing capabilities, he’s really good with that, we’ve seen that.

    “At this moment he lacks a little bit of power, he missed some training, the intensity of the Premier League is going to be high and a challenge for him, but we’ve seen his potential, it’s great he scored the first goal.”

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    Antony was replaced on 58 minutes by Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But the Brazilian had an Old Trafford debut to remember as Ten Hag’s side beat Arsenal 3-1.

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