Manchester United’s young players enjoy being part of a 27-man training camp. It’s a rare opportunity for many of the young players to hang out with some of the more seasoned stars.
Teenager Anthony Elanga has spoken about how precious this is to him.
While chatting with United Daily, Elanga picked three Red Devils players that he’s trying to make sure he learns from.
Elanga said, “It was really good to be with the boys and learn a lot from the older ones. People like Nemanja (Matic) and Juan (Mata) and Jesse (Lingard) also learn a lot and take in good information.
“I want to learn as much as possible and have the opportunity to show people what I’m capable of.”
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The 19-year-old Elanga played 45 minutes in the opening game of the pre-season against Derby.
He started on the left side of the attack, switching with Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, pressing well and causing derby problems without getting a scoring chance. He will try to make a bigger impact on the game against QPR on Saturday.
At the top
Elanga is on the threshold of the first team after playing two games at the end of last season and scoring once.
The Sweden U21 international is ready for a new challenge after scoring the best goals for United’s U23s last season and has to play, whether at United or on loan.
Marcus Rashford, who may have surgery on his injured shoulder, could allow Elanga a first team opening in the early weeks of the season to make a claim.
To get there, Elanga has to be convincing in preparation, and that doesn’t just mean in friendly matches.
His work ethic and behind-the-scenes attitudes will have a huge impact on coaches’ decisions for the season ahead. He recently received a new squad number that was moved from 56 to 36. This reflects his gradual ascent towards the first XI.
Elanga’s words about wanting to learn from the senior professionals show that he is focused on getting the most out of the camp. He’s there with a scream and the next fortnight could mark the year ahead.
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