April 23, 2021

“He’s got that X-factor” – Solskjaer welcomes newcomer to Man Utd squad

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Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga will travel with the senior squad to Granada having been promoted to the first team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a track record of giving young talent an opportunity to flourish.

The Norwegian believes that Elanga has “x-factor” following his displays for the club’s youth sides.

Elanga picked up a collarbone injury in January during a Premier League 2 contest which has slowed down his progress.

Despite that he has trained with the first team as they prepare for their Europa League quarter-final with Solskjaer claiming he could yet feature.

He told the club’s website: “I’ve got faith in the young lads, of course, and, in Anthony, we have a player with good skills, a great attitude and he scores goals from either the right or left, and he’s got good pace.



Anthony Elanga has travelled with the squad to Spain
Anthony Elanga has travelled with the squad to Spain

“He’s not just there for experience, he might actually play a part, who knows?

“He’s got that X-factor and I like players with speed and acceleration and he’s definitely got that.”

Elanga is a Sweden youth international and recently penned a new deal at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old has scored six times for United’s U23s this term and is the latest youngster to be given an opportunity.

“Anthony will be in the squad, he’ll be on the bench,” Solskjaer added.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued to give youth a chance
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has continued to give youth a chance

“He’s impressed when he’s been in training with us. He was very unlucky two or three months ago, when he got a bad injury and he worked really hard to come back because he was just due to move into the first-team squad back then.

“He has got some X-factor, some attributes. It’s not like a gift, but the pace and acceleration and speed that he’s got, that’s a given for wingers.

“When he’s got that speed, he’s always got qualities I like. He’s a goalscoring winger, he’s confident. He likes to beat men and can finish with his right foot and left foot and he’s got a great attitude.

“He has an appetite and hunger to improve and when he’s been training with us, he’s not been fazed by it.

“He’s confident. He’s not just here for the experience, he’s ready to play a part if he has to.”

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