Solskjaer’s comments prove Man Utd fans should be excited about Anthony Elanga

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that 19-year-old Anthony Elanga is one Manchester United fans should be excited about despite being substituted on his Premier League debut.

The young Swede was taken off after 66 minutes in United's 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester City on Tuesday evening, having made a reasonable first impression.

On the night where Man Utd's loss meant neighbours Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title, Elanga's debut could provide some consolation, knowing that the future of The Red Devils may swing fortune back in their favour.

It was a difficult evening for Solskjaer's men, but with a second place finish firmly in their sights, a run of games for Elanga may just be the break he needs to showcase himself to the United faithful.

Despite not making an appearance for Man United before the Leicester game, Elanga was named on the bench for United in both their Europa League clashes with Granada in the quarter-finals.

Speaking ahead of the tie against the Nazaríes, Solskjaer was quick to praise the Swedish-born winger:

"He [Elanga] is a good boy, he has had a couple of injuries that has delayed the debut and has been doing well in the Under-23s and Under-18s," said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference.

"He was very unlucky two or three months back when he got a bad injury and he's worked really hard to come back, because he was just due to move into the first-team squad back then."

Without his injuries it's likely that Elanga could have started for United sooner.

With doubts over Daniel James and Anthony Martial's long-term future at the club, a starting berth for Elanga is not an unrealistic possibility with a chance to make the left wing spot his own.

In recent weeks, Paul Pogba has been occupying that left sided role for Manchester United but perhaps Solskjaer would prefer a more natural left midfielder.

By Solskjaer's own admission Elanga is clearly one earmarked as a special talent: "He's got an X factor, some attributes, it's not like a gift, but he's got the acceleration, pace, speed, that's a given for wingers and he's got qualities I like.

"He's a goalscoring winger, he's confident, he likes to beat men, right foot, left foot, he's got a great attitude. His appetite and hunger to improve… when he's been training with us, he's not been fazed by it, he's confident."

An impressive academy youth prospect, Elanga is the latest recipient of the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award.

It's an accolade that has been presented to Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

It's not bad company to have, just the 26 league titles between them.



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