The lowdown: Much-needed positivity
The Red Devils ended their 2021/22 home campaign on a high as Ralf Rangnick’s side ran out comfortable winners at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring in the first half before a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty was followed by Raphael Varane’s first goal for the club to cap a much-improved display.
Sitting in the studio watching an important night on and off the field, United legend Keane was impressed by one bright spark in particular…
The latest: Keane praise for Elanga
Speaking at half-time during Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football [via Manchester Evening News], the midfielder who made 471 appearances for the club was full of praise for Elanga after the 20-year-old provided the assist for the first goal.
Keane gushed: “Just the movement from Elanga, he’s very positive. Very good movement, but poor defending.
“That’s what you want from young players. You got to mix your game up, when to go short, when to spin. It’s a good ball from Dalot.
“Right into the area and Fernandes, very simple but very effective. Lovely ball (from Elanga). He’s definitely got a bright future. Everything he does, on the pitch, is always positive.”
The verdict: Green shoots
Elanga has certainly been a rare beacon of positivity from what has been an otherwise dismal season for the red half of Manchester.
Predominantly operating as a right winger, the twice-capped Sweden international has created three big chances, completed 0.6 dribbles and taken 1.1 shots per game on average in the Premier League (Sofascore).
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Overall, Elanga has scored three times and provided two assists in 25 appearances across all competitions and seems almost certain to play a major part in Erik ten Hag’s impending rebuild.
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