Elanga reportedly impressed in training and will not go on loan

Anthony Elanga will not leave Manchester United on loan this summer, as per the Athletic.

The report claims that a loan exit for the 19-year-old winger was discussed earlier in the summer.

But the report says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will keep Elanga at the club after how well he has performed in pre-season.

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United’s coaches have apparently been impressed by his attitude and energy.

His pre-season was interrupted by a toe injury, which was frustrating because of how well he was doing.

How good was Elanga in pre-season?

Elanga was United’s best player in their second pre-season clash at Queens Park Rangers.

He came on at half-time and scored in the 4-2 defeat but he could have had a hat-trick.

Elanga followed that up with a fantastic strike in the 2-2 home draw with Brentford at Old Trafford.

At that point, Solskjaer dropped a hint that Elanga would be in his first team plans for the season ahead and that has seemingly been confirmed now.

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With Marcus Rashford recovering from his shoulder injury and Anthony Martial working his way back to fitness, there could be an opportunity for Elanga to force his way in.

He’ll have his eye on the EFL Cup clash with West Ham next month as a potential opportunity to impress.

Solskjaer clearly believes he is capable of performing at a high level for United and could be used over the course of the season.

It’s hard to argue with that given his pre-season performances. Now the onus will be on Elanga to grab his chance when it comes in a game that matters.

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