Manchester United

Anthony Elanga 'ready to reach next level' after breakthrough season

Tom Gott
Elanga has impressed this season
Elanga has impressed this season / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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Anthony Elanga has thanked Cristiano Ronaldo for helping him during his breakthrough season at Manchester United, vowing to take the next step next year under Erik ten Hag.

The 20-year-old was called up to the squad by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer late last season and has gone from strength to strength this year, regularly starting ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho in Ralf Rangnick's attack.

Elanga's form also saw him make his senior debut for Sweden, which was a high point as the young winger reflected on this season.

"Playing 25 games for the first team and making my international debut, I've personally learnt a huge amount," Elanga said.

"Despite what's happened this season, I still feel I've learnt a lot and I'm ready to take my game to the next level next season.

"I feel like I'm ready to go to the next level. I aim to get better every single day because that's my mindset. I know I can always get better and I've got wonderful players, good staff and good people around me to help me reach that next level."


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When asked from whom he has taken inspiration this season, Elanga rattled off a long list of United teammates who he thanked for their help and guidance.

"I speak to Cristiano a lot in training and he's always giving me advice. I grew up watching him at Old Trafford, so now to be able to play together is just an amazing feeling.

"There are many other players who have helped me as well. The likes of Victor Lindelof, who I play with internationally.

"Juan Mata and Bruno Fernandes too. I've also learnt a lot from Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the national team. He's given me good advice. So I've got a lot of experience around me which can help me reach the next level."

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