Anthony Elanga says he is really excited to work with Erik ten Hag

Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga says he is really excited to work with incoming manager Erik ten Hag.

Elanga told Sky Sports he is ready to listen to Ten Hag’s instructions in pre-season and implement them in preparation for the 2022/23 campaign and beyond.

The 20-year-old has been United’s breakout star this season, making 25 appearances in all competitions, 24 of which have come under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

He says he is looking forward to Ten Hag’s arrival, having been very impressed with the Dutchman’s work at Ajax as he closes in on another Eredivisie title.

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Elanga says he is really excited

Speaking to Sky Sports, Elanga said: “You can see the way Ajax are playing in Europe. He’s a great manager with a fantastic record in Europe. I’ve seen how good he is with developing young players, so that’s one of the reasons I’m really excited to work with him.

“His experience in Europe, developing young players like myself and we’ve got other young players coming up. He’ll bring exciting football to Old Trafford.

“It all starts from pre-season and how we take in his instructions and tactics. He’ll be a great addition to the club and I’m really, really excited to work with him.”

  • INSIGHT: Erik ten Hag worked for two years at Bayern Munich II, learning from first team boss Pep Guardiola.
  • IMPACT: After a spell at Utrecht, Ten Hag was hired by Ajax and within 18 months had led them to a Champions League semi-final.
  • TROPHIES: Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles with Ajax and two KNVB Cups, and hopes to win a third title this season.
  • GOALS: Ajax have scored 89 goals in the league this season and conceded only 15 in 31 matches.
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Ten Hag’s Ajax are one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe and the incoming United boss has done so with a heavy leaning on youth talent.

Just this past week in the midst of a title chase, Ten Hag handed a first ever Eredivisie start to 18-year-old Youri Regeer, and Ajax went on to win 3-0.

This type of commitment to youth and bravery has seen him hand debuts to 21 different academy players at Ajax during his time as manager.

Elanga understandably wants to be a part of this, and Ten Hag will appreciate his desire and attitude, which has been praised by both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

The 20-year-old said: “I feel like I’m ready to go to the next level. I aim to get better every single day because that’s my mindset.”

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