Anthony Elanga’s future through the end of the season could be either way and a decision is due to be made this month.
A report from The Sun over the weekend said Elanga could be loaned out for the championship, with United considering getting first-team football on a regular basis. Several clubs are likely to be interested, although none are specifically mentioned in the report.
Before considering offers and signing a deal, United has reasons to consider keeping Elanga right where it is.
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Anthony Martial will likely go
The second of two obstacles in Anthony Elanga’s path appear to be leaving United during the transfer window.
After Dan James was sold to Leeds at the beginning of the season, Anthony Martial is now keen to leave and will do so if a club makes a suitable offer, loan or permanent position.
Martial’s departure will bring Elanga closer to the first-team image, leaving him the most natural left-back for Marcus Rashford if United return to a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. Of course, Jadon Sancho can play there too, but Elanga will take part.
He’s good enough to make a contribution
Elanga is likely to be a huge success in the championship, but it doesn’t really have to prove itself. He’s good enough already to influence United’s first team.
The youngster scored for United at the end of last season in the Premier League and had a great 2021 scoring seven goals in seven U21 games for Sweden.
Elanga’s pace, versatility and energy will put United at risk of attack in the second half of the season. And now United needs all the fresh ideas they can get.
The youngster has a fearless nature and can play with more freedom than a currently inhibited Marcus Rashford can manage.
Rangnick will give him a chance
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was coach, a loan for Elanga in January seemed essential as the Swede could not take a seat on the bench.
Ralf Rangnick liked Elanga straight away, substituted him in his first competitive game and then started in the Champions League.
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Elanga has since remained in the squad for the matchday and has made as many appearances under Rangnick (3) as under Solskjaer.
Chances are Elanga could even be featured in the FA Cup tonight and if United can get past Aston Villa they can expect a softer fourth-round tie against Middlesbrough later in January, which could give Elanga a good start .
Since the season at United is not going as planned, it makes sense for Rangnick to mix up his team selection further. Elanga should get a fair share of the odds if he stays and the quality of the minutes versus the amount of football he could get on loan could win the day.
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