Elanga scores winning goal and gets red card in United U23s 1-0 win

Anthony Elanga made a brief cameo in Manchester United’s EFL Cup exit against West Ham on Wednesday.

He played from the start last night for the Under 23s, when they travelled to face Everton.

Elanga wasted no time making an impact, scoring the only goal of the game after just three minutes.

But unfortunately, it wasn’t a perfect night for the Swedish wideman, as he was sent off late on.


Shola Shoretire collected the ball inside the penalty box, before cutting it back to Elanga to slot home.

But in stoppage time, there was a melee, where Elanga, teammate Bjorn Hardley and Everton’s Charlie Whitaker all saw red.

After the game, Elanga posted a brief message on Instagram, making no mention of the red card, only the winning goal, paying tribute to Shoretire and Martin Svidersky.

The full match is available to watch on Everton’s YouTube channel.

The upshot is United got their second straight win and Elanga continued his electric scoring form.

He’ll hope that the red card is a one-off, but part of being one of United’s outstanding young players is that you’ll be targeted and singled out by opponents and it’s about having the composure to deal with it.

That’s something Hannibal is learning, and Elanga has had that lesson last night too.

United’s EFL Cup exit removes the most obvious source of first-team matches for Elanga but if he keeps performing and scoring goals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well include him in the senior squad on occasion.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.