Anthony Elanga gets a goal and assist in under-23s 3-0 win vs Liverpool

Manchester United under-23s dominated Liverpool and saw off our fierce rivals 3-0 in the Premier League 2 Division One fixture at Leigh Sports Village.

Bjorn Hardley scored his first goal for the under-23s and a free kick from Anthony Elanga gave Neil Wood’s side a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Shola Shoretire sealed the three points 17 minutes into the second half in what was a comprehensive performance by the young Reds.

It was our third straight under-23s win which moved us up to seventh in the table.

Anthony Elanga shines for United

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A neat one two with Elanga gave Shoretire the chance to break the deadlock but he was denied by a good save from Liam Hughes.

It was the Sweden under-21 international’s cross that helped his team open the scoring through Hardley.

Elanga’s tantalising delivery alluded everyone but Hardley was able to bundle the ball home.

After a lovely through ball by Martin Svidersky, Elanga cut in from the right onto his left and whipped a shot off the bottom of the post.

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It was clear that Liverpool’s defenders were scared to engage with Elanga and simply backed off and allowed him the space to punish them.

The 19-year-old then carved Liverpool’s defence open with a delightful pass to Zidane Iqbal, but his cut back couldn’t quite find Shoretire.

On the stroke of half-time, Elanga whipped in a free kick from the left not far from the touchline which evaded everyone and doubled our lead.

It meant that Elanga maintained his record of scoring in every under-23s game he has featured in so far this season. He now has three goals from three games.

Patience key for Elanga

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The Swede will be eager to build on his cameo appearance for the first team in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham.

But after being knocked out of that competition it’s hard to see where Elanga’s next first team opportunity is going to come from.

And with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo stepping up their recoveries, the competition for places is only going to intensify.

It could well be that like Diallo, Elanga goes out on loan in the New Year to get regular senior football game time.

His immediate focus will be on impressing with the Sweden under-21s during the October international break and building on the three goals he already has for his nation at that level.

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