By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has included potential Indomitable Lions of Cameroon forward Anthony Elanga in his side’s squad to face Spanish side Granada of compatriot Yann Eteki in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening.
The 18-year who penned a new long-term deal at Old Trafford last month will finally get a first real chance with the rest of first team in the round 16 fixture havin come close to making the squad last year.
Speaking in a news conference ahead of the crucial fixture, Ole revealed his plans for the son of the former Cameroon international Joseph Elanga.
“Anthony will be in the squad, he’ll be on the bench,” Solskjaer said. “He has impressed when he has been in training with us.
“He was very unlucky two or three months back when he got a bad injury and he’s worked really hard to come back, because he was just due to move into the first-team squad back then.
“He’s got an X factor, some attributes, it’s not like a gift, but he’s got the acceleration, pace, speed, that’s a given for wingers and he’s got qualities I like.
“He’s a goalscoring winger, he’s confident, he likes to beat men, right foot, left foot, he’s got a great attitude. His appetite and hunger to improve and when he’s been training with us the while he’s been here now he’s not been fazed by it, he’s confident.
“He’s not just there for experience, he’s ready to play a part if he has to.”
Elanga, a former Sweden Under-17 international is a son of former Cameroon international Joseph Elanga Fils. The lad has graduated and scored goals for different youth teams of Manchester United since 2018.
Elanga has already scored a goal in the EFL Cup this season and his Premier League debut involvement in European competition looks like the start of a new era for another Manchester United winger to to remember, this time around from Cameroon
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