Antony signed for Manchester United hours before the summer transfer deadline, and the €100 million signing has now trained for the first time as the club prepares to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
After suffering humiliating defeats in their first two games of the season, United has now won three straight games and has yet to adequately deploy their most recent additions. Casemiro is getting closer to making his debut, while Antony was the major attraction as he was greeted by his teammates.
Here are four things we saw during the last Carrington training session on Friday afternoon:
Antony welcomed by United teammates
It was a long time coming for Antony and United as they finally got his €100million switch over the line on deadline day and the fleet-footed Brazilian is available to play on Sunday afternoon. He visibly enjoyed being in new surroundings on his first day at the office and was seen laughing with Casemiro.
So soon after their victory over Leicester City on Thursday night, those who started that match were handed some much-needed rest time before getting back down to business. That meant some players from the academy made the step up to first-team training to make up the numbers.
Ronaldo sets the standard for Antony
Would he stay or would he go? That is the question people were asking at Old Trafford and beyond this summer and, when the window closed at 11 pm on Thursday, they had their answer. Ronaldo will stay put until at least January and his task, now, is to displace Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho in attacking quarters – not to mention Antony. Ronaldo looked sharp during the training session and underlined that commitment with one eye-catching moment where he pressed Antony and won back possession
Casemiro is poised and ready for a full debut
United wanted a top-level central midfielder this summer and they finally got their man when Casemiro joined from Real Madrid. Issues in the engine room have been well-documented, but until now Casemiro has had to settle for short cameos off the United bench. Is that about to change after being put through his paces here?