One of Ralf Rangnick’s first acts as Manchester United interim boss is to call Anthony Elanga into his matchday squad, report The MEN.
Elanga joins Amad in the reported squad who checked in at the Lowry Hotel on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s home fixture against Crystal Palace.
The squad is as follows: “David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata, Amad, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood.”
There are 22 players under consideration and only 20 will make the actual team and substitute’s bench for Sunday’s game.
And while Elanga could be one who misses out along with goalkeeper Tom Heaton or Phil Jones, he will hope to squeeze onto the bench in Edinson Cavani’s absence, with Luke Shaw also still out.
Why call up is significant for Elanga
Elanga’s call up is notable as Manchester United’s under-23 team have a game on Sunday too, at 12pm away at Blackburn Rovers. It seems he will play no part in that fixture.
The 19-year-old has been a regular for the under-23s over the past few months, scoring five goals for the academy so far this season.
The teenager impressed in United’s pre-season games in July before sustaining an injury at the start of August which stopped his progress in it’s tracks.
He has only made one appearance from the bench, in the Carabao Cup, this season, a disappointing return especially considering Marcus Rashford’s early injury.
Elanga could have a fresh start under Rangnick and it appears he is off to a strong start, if he has caught the interim manager’s eye early on.
The youngster has seven goals in seven under-21 games for Sweden, and he is exactly the kind of promising young talent Rangnick would have been looking to sign for RB Leipzig.
A loan still may be in the teenager’s best interests if he cannot break into United’s first team by January, but Rangnick will make the final decision.
He may make United’s bench against Palace, and even get on as a substitute, or he could just miss the cut. Either way, he will be glad to be involved, and have a chance to learn from Rangnick early on.
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