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Antony reveals admiration of Nani following Man Utd move

Sean Walsh
Nani was a Man Utd favourite
Nani was a Man Utd favourite / Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images, Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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Antony name-dropped former Manchester United winger Nani as an example of a player he used to love watching while growing up.

The Brazil international completed his £85m move from Ajax to United on transfer deadline day and could make his debut this weekend against Arsenal.

A tricky winger, Antony brings much-needed technique and unpredictability to a United side that has lacked dynamism in the last year.

Speaking to ManUtd.com, Antony admitted his love of fellow Brazilian dribblers Ronaldinho and Ronaldo in his first club interview.

"There are a lot [of role models], but as I really like dribbling it would be Ronaldinho Gaucho and Ronaldo as well," he said.

"They are players I always admired because of their dribbling, something I have always liked and carry it with me today. There are a lot of players though these two stand out for me."

Antony was then asked if he had any favourite dribblers who played for United down the years, citing Nani as just one player he admired.

"There are a lot, Nani for example. There are a lot of other players," he continued.

"I hope to continue in this tradition of exciting the fans and pleasing the crowd with my football, not just dribbling and attacking play but if I need to put in a slide tackle, track back, help with marking, there'll be no shortage of desire.  I hope to provide continuity here, we have to respect the weight and tradition of the shirt."

Nani scored 30 goals in 240 games for United, winning 12 trophies.

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