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Antony hails Man Utd teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘extraordinary mind’ | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo and Antony started Man Utd’s defeat by Real Sociedad (Picture: Getty)

Antony has slammed his “extraordinary” Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after playing alongside the legendary striker for the first time last week.

After completing his long-awaited £85m move from Ajax on deadline day, Antony was thrown straight into the starting XI for United for last Sunday’s clash with Arsenal and quickly impressed Old Trafford faithful.

On his debut, he scored the opener in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over the Gunners before making way for Ronaldo just under an hour ago.

The Brazilian winger finally got a chance to share the spot with the Portuguese superstar in last Thursday’s Europa League opening game, despite the pair failing to prevent United’s 1-0 defeat by Real Sociedad.

Nonetheless, Antony has shared his excitement at playing with one of his idols and claims to have learned so much in such a short amount of time.

“Words cannot describe Cristiano, the best in the world,” the 22-year-old told ManUtd.com.

“I learned a lot from him in just a few days. He has an extraordinary mind and when I talk to him I take away a lot from it.

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Antony scored on his debut before Ronaldo replaced him (Picture: Getty)

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

“I came to help my teammates. Regardless of age, there is immense talent in all players.”

In his first two games, Antony has already dazzled fans with his tricks and skills, something he has vowed to continue.

“I’ve always done that, not just here but for all the teams I’ve played for,” he added.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. That’s one of my qualities.

“I’m already adapting here and getting used to things. Entertainment is something I’ve always loved and will continue to do.”

However, he will have to wait a little longer than expected to get that opportunity after Sunday’s United clash at Crystal Palace was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

United’s next game is currently scheduled for Thursday, with a trip to Moldovan club Sheriff in the Europa League.

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