Anthony Elanga runs riot for United under-23s against Norwich

It seems as if there is an endless list of talents in Manchester United’s academy these days. Perhaps it’s out of desperation when the first team is doing badly. Anthony Elanga, though, is an exciting young Swedish winger and he tore Norwich City apart at under-23 level on Friday night.

Elanga was crucial in the build-up for both of United’s goals against the Canaries.

He helped to create the first with an excellent run on the left flank and showed the same qualities to earn a penalty that Largie Ramazani scored.

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Elanga just 17 but exciting already

The son of Joseph Elanga, an ex-Cameroonian footballer, Anthony has been at United for a number of years. He was born in Malmo, Sweden.

Elanga played in the under-18s for the first three games of the season. Those opening fixtures of the campaign saw him score or assist five times in just three games. He’s now firmly cemented himself as a starter for Neil Wood’s under-23s side. He’s yet to score for the under-23s but is impressing.

The video below shows Elanga’s best moments in the 2-0 win against Norwich. His unpredictability from the wide areas makes him one of United’s most exciting players. Largie Ramazani is often on the other wing and the two make for a threatening forward line.

Watch: Elanga tears Norwich apart

Elanga is still just 17. He’s very raw but his dribbling style is good and he’s already extremely effective against players much older than him.

With five appearances and two goals for Sweden’s under-17 side, he’s doing well for club and country. A full-season at under-23 level will be crucial.

Loan may be possible for Anthony Elanga?

A loan may be a possibility next season if Elanga continues to impress for the under-23s.

It would give him the chance to really test himself at a young age as the very best players do. A chance in the United first-team seems unlikely for at least a season. Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong are all ahead of him for now.

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James Garner was also excellent against Norwich, passing the ball into the net for United’s opening goal.

He now has five goals and two assists in six games at that level this season.

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Life-long Manchester United fan with a strong interest in the club's academy. Host of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. First game at Old Trafford was the 7-1 rout of AS Roma in 2007.