Anthony Elanga was the star of Manchester United’s first three pre-season games, netting twice including a volley against Brentford at Old Trafford.

And then, nothing. Elanga was sidelined by a mystery injury the club did not disclose details of. He did land awkwardly on a previously injured collarbone in the game against Brentford, so it could have been connected to that.

Now after two weeks sidelined, Elanga is finally back in first team training.

He was pictured posing for the camera at Carrington in Wedneday’s session (18/8).

Anthony Carrington Training Ground on August 18, 2021 in Manchester, England
Anthony Carrington Training Ground on August 18, 2021 in Manchester, England (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Great to see him back

We were just beginning to get concerned about Elanga. He missed the training camp in Scotland, the friendly against Everton, and then the opening game of the season versus Leeds.

He was not involved in the friendly match against Burnley on Tuesday either.

Now he is back training and ready to hopefully pick up where he left off.

 

Elanga was United’s most impressive player against Brentford and earned praise from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer told told the club website: “The boy is electric, has energy and enthusiasm, he’s really enjoying himself. He’s done himself the world of good.”

Elanga was ahead of Dan James at the time, but having missed out on two weeks, he has slipped back down the pecking order again, with the Welshman starting against Leeds.

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly
(Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Solskjaer will give him another chance, but whether he gets any game time before the international break is unclear.

Elanga will simply hope to make the squad this weekend to face Southampton, which won’t be easy, and then at Wolves where he scored last season.

The good news is he is back, and now Elanga can try and give Solskjaer a dilemma, especially while Marcus Rashford remains out injured.

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