A number of clubs were hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival would mean Anthony Elanga became available on loan.

According to the Athletic, United fielded interest in the teenage winger after Ronaldo’s return was confirmed on Friday.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still feels Elanga’s development is best served by staying at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo’s arrival shunts all of United’s forwards down the pecking order.

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That might limit Elanga’s opportunity for gametime, after he impressed in pre-season.

Teenagers learning from Ronaldo

But on the flip side, he’ll be learning up close and personal from Ronaldo.

 

That is priceless because the Portuguese legend is the ultimate professional.

His drive and desire has not waned throughout his career and he will have an impact on every United player.

Injury has prevented Amad leaving on loan and he will now also get the chance to work closely with Ronaldo to improve.

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We covered last week that United wanted to keep Elanga around but that was before Ronaldo arrived.

But that has seemingly not changed United’s stance, and they want to keep Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani around as well, according to that same report.

Martial was apparently mentioned as a potential Kylian Mbappe replacement but he will not be going anywhere before the deadline.

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