Anthony Elanga sends message to Manchester United fans after Champions League debut

Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga has vowed to “keep pushing and learning” after making his Champions League debut for the club.

The Swedish under-21 international played the full 90 minutes, in the 1-1 draw against Young Boys, at Old Trafford last night.

Elanga and a number of the club’s academy stars were given the chance to play at the Theatre of Dreams in the world’s best club competition by interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

With top spot assured in Group F heading into the final group game against the reigning Swiss champions, the German coach made 11 changes to the side that started against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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After coming off the bench in Rangnick’s first game in charge of the club, Elanga started alongside Mason Greenwood and Amad Diallo against David Wagner’s side.

The 19-year-old had a great chance to score in the second half, after being played in on goal by Jesse Lingard, but his effort was saved by the Young Boys goalkeeper.

Reflecting on making his full Champions League debut, Elanga posted on Instagram stating it was an ‘amazing feeling’, but also reflected on his missed chance.

With Anthony Martial ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Norwich, United’s number 36 will be hoping to be part of the matchday squad for Rangnick’s third game in charge of the club.

Although the likes of Martial and Edinson Cavani are still to return to the matchday squads, Elanga will want to use his time training at Carrington to impress Rangnick.

However, if United do have a clean bill of health and a full compliment of attacking options to choose from, Elanga and Amad may find themselves dropping down to under-23 level to get valuable game time.

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