Antony has already matched Van Nistelrooy and Rooney at Man Utd

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Manchester United star Antony scored on his debut against Arsenal on Sunday. And that means the Brazil international has already matched the exploits of Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. All three men scored on their debuts for the club – and went on to become household names at Old Trafford.

Manchester United decided to spend big on Antony, with Joel Glazer sanctioning a huge £84.5million deal for the former Ajax star after being impressed by his determination to join.

And, on Sunday against Arsenal, the 22-year-old made an instant impact at Old Trafford.

Antony opened the scoring in a stirring 3-1 win, with the Samba star getting supporters going with a composed finish after being played through by Marcus Rashford.

And, in scoring on his debut, the Brazilian has become the latest player to net for the club at the very first time of asking.

Club legends such as Rooney, Van Nistelrooy and Ibrahimovic have all done the same in the past upon arriving from Everton, PSV Eindhoven and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

Rooney moved in the summer of 2004, shortly after shining at the European Championships with England.

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He actually scored a hat-trick on his debut against Turkish side Fenerbahce, with the Red Devils winning 6-2 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

And he’d go on to become the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer, as well as scooping five Premier League titles during his glittering spell at the Theatre of Dreams.

Van Nistelrooy moved to United from PSV Eindhoven back in the summer transfer window of 2001, having had to wait a year due to a serious injury.

The Netherlands international then bagged against Liverpool in the Community Shield on his debut, before then netting a brace in a 3-2 win over Fulham.

And Ibrahimovic scored in his first match for United as well, with the Sweden international striking the winner in a 2-1 Community Shield victory over Leicester at Wembley.

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The trio aren’t the only United heroes who got off the mark in their first matches with the team.

Louis Saha left Fulham for the Red Devils in January 2004 and didn’t have to wait long for his last goal, netting a free-kick against Southampton.

And Paul Scholes also hit the ground running, netting a brace against Port Vale way back in September 1994.

Anthony Martial scored a memorable debut goal against Liverpool in 2015 as the Red Devils beat their fierce rivals 3-1 under Louis van Gaal.

And Romelu Lukaku was on target shortly after moving from Everton in 2017, scoring in a 4-0 hammering of West Ham.

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Now, United will be hoping Antony can kick on and etch his name into the Red Devils’ history books.

And, speaking to club media, the Brazilian opened up on his goal and admitted he was delighted to get off the mark.

“Marcus passed the ball to perfection so when it came [to me], there was not much more I had to do,” he said.

“I saw the goalkeeper and the ball just came perfectly to me to place it as I did. I was very happy to just go with my instinct.

“Bruno Fernandes had the ball, I think he shrugged off Gabriel Jesus, and then he touched the ball to Jadon Sancho.

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“Sancho made the touch to Marcus and I knew he could slip the ball either way.

“And when Marcus, being a very intelligent player, realised I could make a run, I just took off. He slipped the ball and I took the chance well.”

And he added: “To score my first goal and share this moment with the crowd, with a great atmosphere, was brilliant.

“From the moment I stepped on to the pitch, I already had goosebumps because I know how much I wanted to be here and I know how much the crowd wanted this.

“When I saw the ball going in, and the net shaking, I express all my feelings the way I did. Yes, it gave me goosebumps for sure.”

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