Elanga and Mengi continue impressive streaks for United's Under-23 side
Anthony Elanga and Teden Mengi continue to impress in Manchester United’s Under-23 side and have both maintained their impressive streaks which show no sign of stopping.
Neil Wood’s side won 3-0 against Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village to make it four wins in a row in the Premier League 2.
Shola Shoretire opened the scoring in the sixth minute after some good link-up play with the marauding left-back Alvaro Fernandez.
An own goal by Louie Annesley doubled United’s lead in the 49th minute after he diverted a Fernandez cut back into his own goal.
Anthony Elanga provided the icing on the cake with the third goal deep into injury time.
The young Swede picked up on a poor clearance and lashed the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
Mengi back to doing what he does best
After training with the England senior side during the international break, Mengi’s inclusion in the under-23s side gave an indication that Harry Maguire was fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
If Maguire hadn’t been deemed fit, then Mengi or Phil Jones could have been on the bench at the King Power Stadium to provide cover for Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
Instead Mengi and Jones were starting together for the under-23s. Jones continued his build up to full fitness with 45 minutes against his former club before being replaced at half-time by Bjorn Hardley.
After missing the midweek EFL Trophy defeat against Sunderland, Mengi was back captaining the side and being an assured presence.
Yesterday’s shutout means that Mengi now has four straight Manchester United clean sheets and five from his last six games.
After missing United’s UEFA Youth League defeat against Villarreal, he will be hoping to get the under-19s side back to winning ways against Atalanta on Wednesday.
Elanga continues to hit the back of the net
United’s talented Swede didn’t make his first Premier League 2 appearance of the season until gameweek five.
But he has scored in every game he has featured for Wood’s side. He has four goals and one assist from four games.
For club and country, Elanga now has eight goals from his last nine games.
He’s on fire currently but with Marcus Rashford back in the first team fold, it’s hard to see him getting any further first team minutes this season.
Mengi and Elanga’s current records show they are cut above and may have even outgrown academy football and January loans could be on the horizon.
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