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Manchester United’s recent £85.5m man Antony trains with team-mates for the primary time

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Latest Manchester United forward Antony has trained along with his team-mates for the primary time days out from the club’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday. 

Antony, 22, joined the club in a deal value £85.5m from Dutch giants Ajax, reuniting along with his former boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. 

After a saga that appeared to pull on for much of the window, United finally got their man after Ajax relented under growing pressure each from the fee offered and Antony’s insistence he be allowed to depart. 

Antony was snapped alongside fellow Brazilians Casemiro and Fred as he trained along with his team-mates for the primary time

With United on an encouraging run of form having won their last three, Antony trained along with his team-mates for the primary time on Friday ahead of Sunday’s home fixture against early Premier League pacesetters Arsenal. 

In the photographs, released by United themselves, Antony is shown to be all smiles as he took to the Carrington pitches for the primary time alongside his recent team-mates. 

The forward doesn’t speak English so it was no surprise to see fellow Brazilians Casemiro, also a recent arrival this summer, and Fred take him under their wing because the squad was put through a few of its final paces ahead of Sunday. 

The Brazilian was all smiles as the squad was put through its paces ahead of Arsenal on Sunday

The Brazilian was all smiles because the squad was put through its paces ahead of Arsenal on Sunday

Antony had been training alone during his final weeks in Amsterdam as his relationship with Ajax reached fever pitch amid disagreements over whether or not he ought to be allowed to depart. 

Naturally, Antony cut a much happier figure than the one which had been seldom seen through the last days of his time with the Dutch club. 

In what seemed to be a light-weight session, Antony joined in with some warm up passing drills before being photographed next to Benni McCarthy who joined the club this summer as a part of Ten Hag’s coaching staff. 

Ten Hag on Thursday revealed that Antony had trained alone while the squad travelled right down to Leicester, leaving the door barely ajar for a possible start for the Brazilian on Sunday. 

The forward, who departed Ajax for United, was able to do some ball work his new team-mates

The forward, who departed Ajax for United, was capable of do some ball work his recent team-mates

‘He did his first training, individually [on Thursday],’ United’s manager said of Antony. 

‘[Friday] now we have a team session and on Saturday now we have a team session. I’ll give it some thought and we’ll take a choice,’ Ten Hag added when asked about whether or not United supporters could expect Antony to start out the sport. 

‘I actually have seen Arsenal, a troublesome opponent. They’ve began rather well this season and you may see this can be a team who’re longer together, who’ve a coach bringing his philosophy to the team, so for us it’s a superb test,’ he added.

‘I’m really looking forward to it and we’ll pick the correct XI to start out.’

Antony knows Erik ten Hag from their days at Ajax together and as such the first training session was unlikely to have been as alien as it perhaps could have been

Antony knows Erik ten Hag from their days at Ajax together and as such the primary training session was unlikely to have been as alien because it perhaps might have been

Known for his flair on the ball, Antony decided to bring out a few of his tricks when training for the first time with his team-mates

Known for his flair on the ball, Antony decided to bring out a number of of his tricks when training for the primary time along with his team-mates

Meanwhile, Antony gave his customary interview to the club’s official media channels, revealing how much it meant to him and his family for him to sign for United.   

‘I went through quite a lot of difficult moments in my life,’ he told United’s website.

‘I do know that this will likely be one other challenge. I went through loads prior to now – no football boots, nothing to eat, three or 4 within the morning bailing water out of my house because it had flooded. 

‘They were very difficult times but I went through all of it with a smile. Those moments have contributed to every part I’m now experiencing.

Ten Hag has taken United to fifth in the league after an abysmal start - the league leaders up next will provide a stern test of their credentials under the Dutchman

Ten Hag has taken United to fifth within the league after an abysmal start – the league leaders up next will provide a stern test of their credentials under the Dutchman

‘My mum was calling me each day, my dad was messaging me, my sister as well: “What’s happening? Has it worked out? Anything improper?” They seemed more anxious than I used to be. After I told them the news they cried loads.   

‘I have been dreaming about this, I have been losing sleep fascinated about it. My head and heart were here. Erik [ten Hag] knows, everyone at Manchester United knows about my desire to be here and wear the United shirt.’

United currently sit fifth within the league table after five games having lost their opening two fixtures. Since defeat at Brentford, Ten Hag has arrested what seemed to be a steep decline and has seen his side produce some encouraging performances in the next weeks. 

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