Antonio - Old Trafford was a turning point for me

Michail Antonio has fond memories of playing at Old Trafford and hopes to be celebrating another famous victory on Sunday

Michail Antonio has fond memories of playing at Old Trafford and hopes to be celebrating another famous victory so he can show off his new goalscoring celebrations against Manchester United.

Antonio has been a revelation for the Hammers in the last three months and has played a major role in helping the Club move back into the top five in the Premier League and reaching the last eight of the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old has scored three goals in his last three games which has taken his tally to 11 goals this season and played his part in a memorable comeback over Everton last weekend.

Antonio has also caught the imagination of the West Ham fans with his goalscoring celebrations and few could forget his Simpsons breakdance when he scored the winning goal against Sunderland.

The talented winger then followed that up with his match-winner against Tottenham when he did the Carlton Dance and he is now preparing another special celebration if he gets among the goals against United.

Antonio has no doubts that the turning point in his West Ham career came at Old Trafford when he appeared as an early substitute for Victor Moses and has never looked back since that moment.

Antonio said: “It’s always been one of my boyhood dreams to play at Old Trafford and I managed to get on during that game and before that I wasn’t really playing.

“It is crazy how Victor got injured during the first half and I managed to get my longest spell in that game at Old Trafford.

"It was definitely a turning point for me and that was the game that got me into the team and earned me a couple of starts.

“From there, I haven’t looked back and now I’ve got seven goals this season (for West Ham) so far and I hope I can keep adding to it.”

The 9000 West Ham fans who are heading to Old Trafford would love to see Antonio stay among the goals on Sunday and they could be in for an extra surprise if he gets on the scoresheet.

Antonio added: “I have already started to think of new celebrations, so hopefully I will be able to use them. I believe in it and I can see my goal and see the celebration that goes with it. All I need now is to happen now.

“I watched an episode of the Simpsons the night before the game and I was in the shower in the hotel room and I thought to myself, I might start doing some crazy celebrations and to try to interact with the fans more.

“At the end of the season, we can get the fans to vote for the best celebration of the season.

“I am a massive Simpsons fan. I am probably most like Bart, I am a bit mischievous.

“Growing up, I didn’t celebrate much. At Southampton, I used to do the ‘Bogul’ and the fans used to do it back to me.”