Victor Lindelof hopeful 'great player' Anthony Elanga will keep improving
Victor Lindelof has been talking about 2021/22’s Manchester United breakthrough star, Anthony Elanga.
Elanga has established himself as a first team regular under Ralf Rangnick and has been keeping Marcus Rashford out of the side.
The 19-year-old has also joined Lindelof in the Sweden international squad and the centre-back is pleased to see his emergence, praising his approach on and off the pitch.
Lindelof spoke to United Daily about Elanga, and was also keen to stress that the teenager needs time and patience to grow and further develop.
Lindelof spoke highly of his compatriot, commenting: “He’s also a great player and a great talent, of course I’m very happy for him he’s been able to show his qualities on the pitch of course for the national team as well.
“We talk every day, he’s also very humble, that’s very very important.
“On the pitch with and without the ball, his work rate, his speed and his finishing is very, very good, but he’s still very young, so its important to develop in some time, but [he’s a] top player and hopefully he can keep improving.
“For sure I think he has a great future ahead of him, but like I say he’s young, you need to let him take the time that he needs. He’s been playing well in games recently.
“I tell him to work hard, be humble and to listen to the guys who have been in his position before.”
The numbers for Elanga don’t pop off the page, he has three first team goals and one assist. But he also netted once last season too.
He has been unlucky not to score more, and his pace has continually caused problems for opponents, and he is only just getting started at the top level. His assist came for a Cristiano Ronaldo goal, a moment he could not even have dreamed of 12 months ago.
The highlight of his campaign was the equalising goal in the Champions League away at Atletico Madrid, a breakout moment.
United fans have already adopted a terrace chant in Elanga’s name and he is expected to play a prominent role over the final four games of the season.
Considering the alternative in January was a loan deal, Elanga will be pleased Ralf Rangnick took a chance on him and pushed him into the first team, and this happened naturally, before the Mason Greenwood situation arose.
Elanga’s emergence was one of the reasons United were comfortable letting Anthony Martial leave on loan in January, and he should be a player new manager Erik ten Hag enjoys working with.
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