It gave him goosebumps, new Manchester United winger Antony has acknowledged, to score his team’s first goal against Arsenal.
The €100 million player needed just 35 minutes of his debut game to score, calmly slotting home to lead United to a 3-1 victory, and beating the United badge as he roared away in celebration.
After the game, Antony spoke to MUTV and tried to direct the attention away from himself and onto his teammates, but he did admit that the experience of scoring his first goal was one he wouldn’t soon forget.
When the ball came to me, the 22-year-old said, “Marcus [Rashford] passed the ball to perfection so there was not much more I had to do.” “I saw the goalie, and the ball simply came to me perfectly to put it where I did. Going with my gut inclination made me extremely delighted.
He said, “Bruno Fernandes got the ball, I believe he shrugged off Gabriel Jesus, and then he touched the ball to Jadon Sancho. I was aware that Sancho could have slipped the ball either way when he touched Marcus.
And as soon as Marcus, a very smart player, realized I could make a run, I just took off. He dropped the ball, and I seized the opportunity well.
Antony thanked the United supporters for creating a once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere for his first start, saying it was a dream debut.
“It was brilliant to score my first goal and share this moment with the crowd, with such a great atmosphere,” he said. “I experienced shivers as soon as I went onto the field because I knew how much the fans and I both wanted to be there.
“I gave full expression to all of my emotions as I saw the ball going in and the net trembling. Undoubtedly, it gave me chills.
Juventus is anticipating Pogba’s return from his knee injury.
In response to worries that the Frenchman would miss this year’s World Cup, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said that the club anticipates Paul Pogba’s recovery from knee surgery in January.
Pogba, who returned to Juventus from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer, has not yet made his second Juventus debut due to a preseason knee injury that Allegri said needed surgery.
When asked if the midfielder might miss the World Cup, Allegri responded in a cryptic manner, however Juventus has since assured supporters that Pogba’s operation was successful and he is now on the path to recovery.
Realistically, Allegri predicted that they would have him back in January.
When asked whether he was ruling Pogba out of the next global competition, Allegri said, “The World Cup is not my concern; Juventus’ problem is that he comes back in January.”
Pogba will have just over two months to fully recover from knee surgery since France is the defending World Cup winners and the tournament begins on November 21 in Qatar.
Pogba has played a crucial role in Didier Deschamps’ France squad, and he excelled at the 2018 World Cup, leaving both supporters and detractors perplexed as to why he couldn’t achieve the same success with Manchester United on a club level.