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Elanga leap into Man Utd’s squad shows he’s going nowhere

To see salmon fully on their run is quite rare, but that’s alright; we’ve got Elanga, who has leapt into his rightful home in the Manchester United first team.

Those concerns were answered when Elanga headed United in front of Brentford.

But quietly, Elanga had been proving himself behind closed doors at United for several years. So when Ralf Rangnick needed a youthful thrust, Elanga was the natural next in line.

For the past year, Elanga had emerged as one of the elite talents in the Manchester United academy.

And He had rightly earned himself a spot on the fringes of United’s squad.

Before Rangnick, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had begun incorporating the next generation of United’s talent into first-team training, and Elanga was the one who seemed the readiest.

Physically he has put in the work to ensure that he can go toe to toe with an average Premier League player, with videos over the summer emerging that showed him working on himself in a manner many other youngsters overlook.

It is the reason why Hannibal Mejbri, who Rangnick has openly said will soon get his chance.

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He has not yet made his full Manchester United debut.

And Amad Diallo has had to go to Rangers, despite their supreme technical talent.

But that is not to say Elanga lacks technique, for the opposite is true.

Playing for the Sweden Under-21s last year, he scored a great goal on his debut that highlighted his natural talent.

Receiving the ball back, he drove forward before powerfully delivering the killer blow.

Sending the ball curling around the ‘keeper in a brutally efficient manner.

He has scored seven times in eight Swedish Under-21 caps, preparing himself for an inevitable call-up to the senior side.

But for now, he is content with pillaging the pitches of England.

His senior goals against Wolves last season and Brentford earlier this year demonstrated a unique ability to sneak up on defenders and strike a single, effective blow.

It explains why his first two goals have been headers, demonstrating a fantastic ability in the air for a small player.

Against Wolves, it was as if he transported himself from seemingly nowhere to appear on the wrong side of Rayan Ait-Nouri, who tried to push Elanga down expecting to meet the little resistance of a normal youngster but instead was shrugged off by the Swede who powered his header home.

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Against Brentford, the 19-year-old was a dagger sneaking into the side of the Brentford defence to break their resolve and open up United’s full attack.

He was quicker both mentally and on the pitch than his marker Mads Roerslev, who realised too late what the youngster was doing.

An incisive ball from Fred and a touch to control the ball saw Elanga craft himself a golden chance.

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