How Anthony Elanga made an immediate impression on Ralph Rangnick
Ralph Rangnick says he stopped Anthony Elanga from leaving Manchester United on loan in January. The teenager came off the bench to score a vital equalizer for the Premier League club in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Rangnick, who took over as Manchester United caretaker manager in early December, said 19-year-old Elanga impressed him immediately.
“I had heard of his name before but didn’t know him as a player as he didn’t play for Manchester United,” Rangnick said.
“The first training session the night before the Crystal Palace game, he was the player with the best training performance.
“I asked my staff members about him and found out that he had almost already decided to leave the club on loan.
“The week after he came against Palace, I said to him ‘Listen, I want you to stay and see how you are doing in training and in games until the end of the closing of the transfer window.
“In that moment he showed what is possible in football with the right mentality before games.”
Anthony Elanga goal for Manchester United against Atletico Madrid
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Rangnick said after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw he wanted to see other Manchester United players play with the same enthusiasm as Elanga.
“Anthony, in every game he’s played so far, he just shows that he plays with all the passion, all the fun and all the joy,” Rangnick said.
“He is fully aware of his strengths, assets and weapons. He always tries to show those weapons. That’s what he did again today, not just the goal he scored – he still has two or three great runs. Every time he did that, you could see that Atletico had problems with that kind of approach.”