video: Roy Keane discusses how Anthony Elanga may continue to develop at Manchester United. Roy Keane has become the latest figure to rally behind Anthony Elanga’s meteoric ascension into the Manchester United first squad, following the Swede’s impressive performance in his side’s 3-0 victory over Brentford on Monday.
The 20-year-old was the architect of Manchester United’s first goal today, breaking into space with his frightening pace and delivering the ball wonderfully to the onrushing Bruno Fernandes.
Before the game, Keane was full of praise for Elanga, and following the 90-minute encounter, the Irish star has now offered the youngster some advise by drawing parallels between his ascent and that of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford in 2016.
“Obviously, Marcus has had a rough stretch, and he’s been very, very poor,” he said, according to Football Daily, speaking to Sky Sports. “It’s easy to forget about Rashford when he first joined the team, but he made extensive use of that.”
“However, he has stopped coming in from behind because he wants to get on the ball and acquire a feel for it. The situation is straightforward when you are defending and individuals are constantly playing in front of you.
When people are sprinting in behind you, it’s going to cause all kinds of problems,” says the instructor. “This is especially true when you change up your game, which he (Elanga) does quite well.”
Elanga’s ascent is comparable to that of Rashford’s, with both individuals being given opportunities after first-team regulars were unable to play due to injury or disciplinary punishment in their respective clubs.
Elanga possesses the same raw talent as Rashford, and while the finished product that Rashford created over the course of several years has yet to materialize for Elanga, he remains perhaps the one bright spot in what has been a difficult season for Manchester United.