BY Afeseh Apong
19_year_old potential indomitable lion,
Anthony David Junior Elanga, has come off the bench to secure a for Manchester United in the UEFA champions league Round of 16.
Portuguese forward Joao Felix headed home side Atletico Madrid in front just after seven minutes at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, as the red Devils failed to get a shot on target for 79 minutes.
United’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick made some tactical twerks in the second half, with Aaron Wan Bissaka, Alex Telles and Nemanja Matic coming in for Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba respectively.
Just like against Leeds United last Sunday, Ralf Rangnick showed his confidence in Elanga, bringing in on at the 75th minute to replace Marcus Rashford.
It took Elanga just five minutes on the pitch (80) to draw the game level with United’s first shot on target, as he again linked up with Bruno Fernandes, to beat Jan Oblak.
United dominated much of the ball position, but failed to get another goal in the last minutes of the game. Anthony Elanga has now scored in consecutive games for Manchester United’s senior team for the first time, as he continues his steady progress under the German tactician. The return game is scheduled at Old Trafford on March 15, 2022.
Elanga’s goal means Manchester United are the first English team to score 500 goals in European Cup / Champions League history.
For the second game running, Ralf Rangnick’s has got it spot on with his substitutes, who have changed the game from the bench.
Anthony Elanga currently represents Sweden at the Youths level, but is also eligible to play for the indomitable lions of Cameroon. He is son of former Cameroon international Joseph Elanga Fils.
Elanga had previously turned down the chance of representing Cameroon during the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, but recent reports indicates that he is amongst a series of Binationals being targeted by the Cameroon National Team.
Elanga is a product of the Manchester United Academy, but has had his breakthrough into the first team, since Ralf Rangnick was appointed Interim Manager.
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