Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga has outlined his first-team plans as he looks to make a breakthrough.
Old Trafford has always been a hotbed of young talent. Credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is doing his utmost to continue that mantra and give youth their opportunities.
From Brandon Williams to Mason Greenwood, Manchester United’s academy graduates are making their mark. The knock-on effect this has on the current youth-teamers cannot be understated. To a man, they’re all working hard, patiently waiting for their own chance.
Enter, Anthony Elanga. The 2019/20 United Youth Team Player of the Year has spoken out on his current situation, as he looks to follow in the footsteps of ‘Mason and Rashy’ and force his way into the senior fold.
In a recent interview, the United youngster has outlined his plans to break into the first-team. The best part about it? He knows that there’s a ‘pathway’ there if he continues to prove his worth.
Check out what Anthony Elanga had to say about his first-team chances:
“You look at the likes of Mason and Rashy, there is a pathway there,” Elanga is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News. “It just shows you that if you’re willing to put the work into it and continue to work hard day in, day out in training there’s a pathway for you there.
“Obviously we’ve got a manager in Ole trusting the youngsters, so there’s a pathway there and I’ve just got to keep working hard.
“I’m putting the work in day in, day out. If I continue the way I am, continue to work hard, hopefully there’s a pathway there.
“I am always going to get better. In training I’m always working hard and the way that I train is the way that I play. You can see that in the results and I’m just happy at the moment, I’m enjoying my football.”
Other clubs do it differently. Take Chelsea for example, they seldom give opportunities to their emerging academy graduates because they operate in a different way. On British shores, United is the best place to be if you’re a young player.
Elanga is massively talented, while he plays in a real position of need for United. Let’s face it, Solskjaer needs all the help he can get in the final third, particularly due to the failure to sign Jadon Sancho over the summer.
The question is, does the Baby Faced Assassin deem Elanga as ready? Perhaps it’s still a little too early for the 18-year-old. However, I’d love to see him feature in the cup competitions this season.
At the very least, perhaps we’ll see Elanga on pre-season tour next season, assuming there is one of course as we’re still in the middle of lockdown here in England.
For now, it’s down to Elanga to keep working hard and impressing his coaches. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. Show that and we’ll see the Swede in the first-team soon enough.