Kevin de Bruyne 1-0 Antony: City Star Breaks United Flop's Record in Just 17 Minutes

Kevin de Bruyne made a spectacular return to action, taking only 17 minutes to outshine Manchester United's Antony in the assist department for the 2023/24 season. The midfield maestro, sidelined since the season's opener due to a hamstring injury, showcased his brilliance in the FA Cup third-round clash against Huddersfield. This swift feat not only highlights De Bruyne's exceptional skills but also underlines what Manchester City has been missing during his absence.
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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Kevin de Bruyne made a triumphant return for Manchester City, taking a mere 17 minutes to surpass The Red Devils winger Antony's entire assist record for the 2023/24 season, as per The Sun. The Belgian midfielder, sidelined due to a hamstring injury since the season's inception, left an indelible mark in the FA Cup third-round encounter against Huddersfield at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

De Bruyne's Lightning Impact

Coming off the bench in the 57th minute, De Bruyne wasted no time in showcasing his playmaking prowess. A seamless one-two with Oscar Bobb paved the way for a perfectly executed chip to the back post, where Jeremy Doku capitalized, firing the ball into the net.

Antony's Struggles at Manchester United

This remarkable performance by the Belgian international highlighted the stark contrast between De Bruyne and Antony's contributions this season. While the Manchester United star has grappled with zero goals and assists in 21 games, De Bruyne notched up two assists within 82 minutes of football.

City's Dominance Against Huddersfield

Manchester City secured a 5-0 victory at home against Huddersfield, featuring a Phil Foden double, goals from Julian Alvarez, Doku, and a Ben Jackson own goal, which reinforced their championship credentials. De Bruyne's return added a layer of brilliance, leaving City fans eager for more.

The 32-year-old's swift impact in the third-round FA Cup tie not only shattered records but also underscored his indispensable role in City's lineup. As the defending champions progress to the fourth round, the draw awaits, promising more exciting encounters and De Bruyne's continued brilliance on the field.

The City enthusiasts are excited to witness De Bruyne in action and back to his former best, as his performance against Huddersfield promises more masterclass displays in the remainder of the season.

City became the latest addition, alongside Liverpool on Sunday, to enter the fourth-round draw with Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle, and Aston Villa being some of the other prominent names from the Premier League gaining victories in their respective matches last weekend.