Man United close to tieing breakthrough talent down to new long-term contract
Manchester United look primed for an imminent boost on the personnel front, amid claims that Anthony Elanga is on the verge of committing his long-term future to the club.
Who is Elanga?
19-year-old Elanga has long been viewed as one of the hottest up-and-coming prospects on the red half of Manchester.
The attacker, who generally lines out on the left but is also more than capable of playing through the middle, was snapped up by United eight years ago, after catching the eye of the club’s scouts.
And Elanga has since gone on to shine bright amongst a burgeoning crop of Red Devils youth talent.
The teen possesses a whole host of sought after traits, including quick feet, impressive ability in one-on-one situations, and, notably, en eye for goal.
Such characteristics were on full display across the 2019/20 season, when Elanga beat out a host of competition to bag United’s heavily coveted Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.
Our 2019/20 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year is…
✨ Anthony Elanga ✨#MUFC #MUAcademy pic.twitter.com/8C2e8LlxE5
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 17, 2020
And Elanga, in turn, has since only gone from strength to strength.
After being rewarded for his stellar exploits at youth level with a call-up to United’s first-team setup over the latter weeks of last season, the Swede wasted little time in announcing himself to the club’s fanbase, finding the net on just his 2nd Premier League appearance, in a meeting with Wolves:
Welcome to the Premier League goalscorer’s club Anthony Elanga 🙌
The 19-year-old’s first Man Utd goal is a beauty!
Bullet header 💥 pic.twitter.com/Pl79PmZrvA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 23, 2021
And one man who has evidently been impressed by Elanga’s talents over the early months of the current campaign is Ralf Rangnick.
Since being installed in the Old Trafford dugout last month, German tactician Rangnick has made clear his belief in the teenage attacker, affording him time on the pitch in two of his three fixtures as boss to date.
In turn, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to hear that United, for some time now, have been working towards securing Elanga’s long-term future.
And, on Thursday, a major update surrounding the club’s efforts to do exactly that has been confirmed.
As per a report the reliable Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, the Swedish talent is ‘on the verge’ of putting pen-to-paper on a new contract, keeping him in Manchester for the foreseeable future.
This comes with Elanga’s training ground exploits understood to have caught the eye of the aforementioned Rangnick.
Anthony Elanga close to be long-term #MUFC deal after first-team breakthroughs under OGS and Ralf Rangnick
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) December 16, 2021
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