Antony's credit for Academy graduates

Saturday 27 April 2024 08:00

Antony has spoken about the impact made by Manchester United's youngsters in the first team this season.

In an exclusive interview with United Review, the official matchday programme, the Brazil international recognises the progress made by some of the club's exciting Academy graduates.

Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho have become regulars under Erik ten Hag, while Willy Kambwala was starting in central defence until suffering an injury that has led to Casemiro dropping into the back four.

During Wednesday's 4-2 win over Sheffield United, there was further reason for pride throughout the club, when Ethan Wheatley became the landmark 250th graduate to appear for the Reds at senior level.

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"It’s certainly been an excellent season for Garnacho," Antony told the programme marking Burnley's visit to Old Trafford at 15:00 BST.

"He’s still a very young lad and full credit to him for his performances. I’m really happy for him and hope he continues doing what he knows how to do with a focused mind and continues helping us marking, making passes and running for the team."

Kambwala and Mainoo have also impressed the winger with their work behind the scenes, and contribution in games.

"I’m really pleased for them," he explained. "Willy is really hard-working, always training hard and I’m delighted with the game he had against Liverpool [the 2-2 draw in the Premier League].

"He had a great game and I congratulated him afterwards.

"Kobbie has had a longer run of games," Antony continued. "He’s a huge talent. I see so much talent there and I’m really happy for his performances.

"I’ve been in the position of these young players – although I’m still only 24, I was also playing at their age as well. With their talent, together with focus, a supportive family and looking after themselves, things will happen naturally for them."

Antony started against Sheffield United in midweek and will look to feature again when the Clarets provide the opposition, ahead of a nine-day break before our next outing, away to Crystal Palace on Bank Holiday Monday.

Read the full interview with Antony in United Review, the official matchday programme.