Anthony Elanga says it was a dream to hear fans chanting his name
Before Marcus Rashford popped up with a late winning goal, Anthony Elanga started what was really his first ‘proper’ Manchester United Premier League game at Old Trafford.
He had already started against Leicester last season of course, but that game was a dead rubber with United’s top four place already sealed. Even his other Old Trafford start against Young Boys in the Champions League came in a match where nothing was riding on it.
After starting the last two away games, Elanga earned his spot in this crucial league fixture against West Ham, and the fans really took to him.
Supporters chanted ‘Rhythm is a dancer, Anthony Elanga’, and the young Swede heard the support from the crowd and greatly appreciated it.
Commenting on Instagram after the 1-0 win, Elanga said it was an ‘amazing feeling’ and one he has dreamed of.
Elanga has earned it
With his brief first team spell so far, Elanga has shown he is ready and able to make an impact, scoring an important opener at Brentford in midweek.
While there was no goal for him against West Ham, he looked bright, winning headers in the final third and had one second half attempt which sailed just over, before he was taken offf.
Elanag was not given as much run as in midweek, with Edinson Cavani returning to the bench and Anthony Martial getting more training, and also coming on.
The decisions paid off, with Rangnick’s substitutes going onto combine for United’s winner.
For 61 minutes before he came off, Elanga gave his all, attempting two shots, creating one chance, and even making one clearance.
The 19-year-old has shown he can play a big part between now and the end of the season and has blossomed into a first team player.
Hopefully he will give fans plenty more reason to sign his name over the coming weeks, months, and years ahead.
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