Antony scored his first goal for Manchester United in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Antony admits he had shivers as he walked out onto the Old Trafford turf before kickoff and when he scored on his Manchester United debut against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Manager Erik ten Hag sent the Brazilian straight into the starting lineup after sealing his £85.1 million move to Old Trafford from Ajax on transfer deadline day. He took the place of Anthony Elanga in the starting lineup, with Jadon Sancho shifting to the left wing.
Antony, who previously worked with Ten Hag at Ajax, made a stunning debut after 35 minutes, connecting with Marcus Rashford’s pass and smashing a low, left-footed shot past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. The 22-year-old delivered a composed finish that threatened to blow the roof off Old Trafford.
It ensured that the Brazilian’s debut for the club was one he will never forget.
“It was amazing to score my first goal and enjoy this moment with the crowd, with such a great atmosphere,” Antony told United’s official website. “I felt shivers from the moment I stepped onto the pitch because I knew how much I wanted to be here and how much the crowd wanted this.”
“I expressed all of my emotions as I saw the ball go in and the net shake.” Yes, it definitely gave me goosebumps.”
“Marcus passed the ball to perfection, so when it got [to me], there wasn’t much more I had to do,” Antony said of the goal. I spotted the goalkeeper and the ball just came to me perfectly to the place where I wanted.
“I was relieved to simply follow my instincts.”
Although Rashford — who scored twice in the second half — provided the crucial pass for Antony’s goal, the brilliance of midfielders Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes was at the heart of the move. The latter provided the attack-starting pass, effectively pulling the Arsenal midfield out of the game.
“Bruno Fernandes had the ball, I believe he shrugged off Gabriel Jesus, and then he touched the ball to Jadon Sancho,” Antony explained, reflecting on the goal’s excellence. “When Sancho touched Marcus, I knew he could slip the ball either way.”
“And when Marcus, a very smart player, realized I could make a run, I simply took off.” He slipped the ball, and I capitalized on the opportunity.”