April 19, 2021

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United Briefing: Get to know Anthony Elanga before Granada v Man Utd



A PRIZE WINNER

The lightning-quick prospect is reigning Youth Team of the Year player Jimmy Murphy, after winning his award during preseason training with the Under-23s at The Cliff, in due to the COVID-19 restrictions surrounding the Aon training complex at the time. “It’s a special prize to be won” he said of the honor of the Academy. “When you look at the names that have won it before like Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] and, very early on, Ryan Giggs. “ He succeeded Greenwood in terms of taking the prize and became the first Scandinavian to win it since Mats Daehli in 2011/12.

ROAD RUNNER

Many Academy players have transferred Anthony as the main man when it comes to the 10k runs they were doing in the first lockdown. Some have suggested his times were quite sensational and it showed when football resumed for the Under 23s last year. I think the stats speak volumes and I came back a lot stronger and a lot faster, even more than I expected, to be fair,“”he told us. “Obviously, I put in the work during the lockdown, however, and I’m glad it paid off.”

WHAT KIND OF PLAYER IS?

Under-23 head coach Neil Wood has had his say over one of his key men following the winger’s injury in the Premier League 2 game against Leicester City in January. “It was a shame because I think it was a heavy tackle against Anthony and so far he was playing really well. I told him at halftime that he looks like he’s playing professionally, moving the ball fast, playing inside, connecting and running behind. He was looking for a big threat to us and at the top of his game. Often operating on the left but with the ability to cut inside, he causes problems for defenders and is able to complete chances after using his pace to pass. One of his best performances this season came in the 6-0 win over Salford City in the Papa John’s Trophy.