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Manchester United: Elanga must become first choice for Rangnick

Manchester United picked up another three points in their challenge to secure a top-four place in the Premier League this season, and are now four points ahead of their competitors in fourth, after going unbeaten in their last five league games.

Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Anthony Elanga all found the back of the net during the fiery clash with Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, with two of the goal-scorers, Fred and Elanga, substituted on to save Manchester United from dropping points when the game was 2-2 in the 67th minute, making a huge impact to steal the three points for their side away from home.

The double substitution really paid off for Ralf Rangnick, and only further proved that 19 year old, Elanga, has a huge part to play in the future successes of the side, with his impact this season the youngster has given the German coach a new attacking threat that he can rely on.

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From which academy did Manchester United recruit Paul Pogba?

The Swedish national joined Manchester United’s youth academy when he had just turned 14 years old in July 2015, and has since risen through the ranks with impressive performances and consistency in both the U18’s and U23’s, scoring a combined 25 goals and bagging 15 assists for the youth teams in just 66 appearances, which clearly caught the eye of the first-team coaches.

Elanga was given his Premier League debut by former Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in May last year in the defeat against Leicester City, and this season has been given more chances to prove his worth, with a change of management only furthering his progression in the team if his performances are anything to go by under Rangnick.

All of his nine appearances in the Premier League this season have been under the interim Manchester United boss, with the youngster scoring two goals for the first team in just 371 minutes of game time, and Rangnick will be over the moon to see Elanga capitalising on his opportunities given, especially after he scored against Leeds at the weekend.

Should Elanga play over Rashford?

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The £3.6m-rated star has been hailed a “nightmare” by Gary Neville who also likened the diverse forward to Thierry Henry after saying his finish against Salford City back in 2020 was “Thierry Henry-esque” and clearly he is now being favoured for selection over another youth academy star.

Marcus Rashford was also on the bench for the Leeds United game, but Rangnick leaned on his 19-year-old competitor to get the job done in the game on Sunday afternoon instead.

That may set a precedent moving forward for Rashford’s future in the Manchester United team, and it will be interesting to see how Rangnick selects his attacking line in the remaining months of the season, with the side still in with the chance of competing for the Champions League and FA Cup trophies this season.

In other news: Jesse Lingard may have started his last game for the club

Article title: Manchester United: Elanga must become first choice for Rangnick

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