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Antony reveals influence from ‘extraordinary’ Ronaldo at Man Utd

Ronaldo, Antony at Manchester United
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The newly-signed forward has found a brilliant start to life at Old Trafford.

Antony has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo has been his mentor since joining Manchester United earlier this summer.

The Brazilian star scored for United in his debut Premier League game against Arsenal last week. 

Antony’s brilliant form has convinced Erik ten Hag to start him ahead of Ronaldo in United’s forward line. 

However, the former Ajax star admits Ronaldo has been a source of inspiration for him since joining the Red Devils.

“Words can’t describe Cristiano, the best in the world,” Antony told United’s website.

“In just a few days, I’ve learnt a lot from him. He has an extraordinary mind and, whenever I talk to him, I take a lot from it.

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“I’m sure that we have a strong attack and it’s very promising for the future.

“I’ve come to help my team-mates. Regardless of age, there’s immense talent in all the players.”

Antony established a reputation as one of the best dribblers in Eredivisie during his Ajax spell.

The young forward showed flashes of his Brazilian style of play during his debut. But for now, his main priority is to integrate into United’s squad. 

“I’ve always done this,” he said. “Not just here but for all the teams I’ve played for. I’ve been doing it ever since I was a child. I’ve always done it – it’s one of my characteristics.

“I am adapting and getting used to things here already. Entertaining is something I’ve always liked, and I’ll continue doing it.”