Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has offered his thoughts on Manchester United’s 4-2 loss at Queens Park Rangers.

United went down 4-2 in west London after the home side scored three goals within 15 minutes of half-time.

Anthony Elanga was a half-time substitute having started Sunday’s clash with Derby.

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Elanga scored the second of United’s goals, pulling one back. Jesse Lingard opened the scoring after just three minutes.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer praised Elanga for his performance.

The United boss told the club website: “There was some very good movement from Anthony Elanga, with his energy, enthusiasm, pace and quality.”

As per ESPN, he added: “It would be easy to say the boy should go on loan but he’s doing so well. He’s electric, he’s got pace, skill and he’s got the courage and bravery of a Man United player.

“Today he created chances for others and himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s going to be staying here. It depends, of course. It’s important for him to develop and get game time but he’s one that we’ve not really decided.”

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United - Pre-season Friendly
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United could have had six

Solskjaer said he wasn’t too concerned about the result, and on another day United could have had three or four more goals.


“We could have had three or four more goals. There’s not too much to worry about [in this result].

“You’re never happy when you concede goals but it was a good exercise again, and good learning for some of the young ones.

“It’s a check where we are and a test where we are for the older and more experienced ones as well.

“Towards the end, I enjoyed the football the kids played, they could have crumbled after the goals we conceded, but they got hold of the ball and scored a very good goal.”

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United - Pre-season Friendly
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 24: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to Anthony Elanga of Manchester United after during the pre-season friendly match between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on July 24, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Solskjaer was overly reliant on Marcus Rashford for much of last season, playing him through shoulder and ankle injuries.

He now has Amad Diallo, Jadon Sancho and Elanga as alternatives and the 19-year-old will hope to keep impressing in pre-season.

United’s next game is against Brentford on Wednesday night at Old Trafford and the teenager will hope to be involved either off the bench or from the start again.

And Solskjaer will hope United can turn chances into goals against the Bees. Elanga was impressive here but could have had a second half hat-trick with the chances he missed.

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