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Peter Schmeichel warns against putting too much pressure on Antony

Peter Schmeichel warns against putting too much pressure on Antony

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has urged the club’s fans not to put too much pressure on new signing Antony.

After joining United in £85.5m deal on transfer deadline day, the Brazilian made his debut in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal, scoring the opener in the first half.

Despite impressing in his first appearances for the Red Devils, Schmeichel has warned against over-hyping the winger and insisted he needs time to adapt.

Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We spent a lot of money on him and you need to put your faith in the manager a little bit and believe he knows what he’s bringing in.

“We all know it’s a very big difference coming from other leagues into the Premier League and, on top of that, having to perform for Manchester United.

“When it’s going well, they get praise and hopefully Antony can do well every game. He played well and is grabbing all the headlines today.

Ajax attacker Antony in action in April 2021© Reuters

“But we don’t want to put too much pressure on him though and have to let this young man settle in and get used to the Premier League because it’s not going to be an easy ride for him.

“It’s not an easy ride for anyone coming to this league and especially playing for United. We’ve seen it many times before. Let’s enjoy that he played really well and have a laugh at where he celebrated his goal [in front of the Arsenal fans].”

After losing their opening two Premier League games, United have responded to win their last four, which has drawn praise from Schmeichel.

He said: “It’s definitely looking different to how it did after the first two games. There’s no doubt that the level is increasing and they are playing a lot better.

“What pleases me the most is the mentality, you see the running and putting pressure on the ball, things we haven’t seen the team do for a while. It looks like Ten Hag is getting his message across to the players and they’re responding.”

Manchester United are set to turn their attention to the Europa League as they begin their European campaign with a group stage encounter against Real Sociedad on Thursday.

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