Anthony Elanga quells Man Utd doom and gloom with ‘exciting’ claim about Ten Hag trait

Anthony Elanga, Marc Cucurella Brighton v Man Utd May 2022

Anthony Elanga has lauded Erik ten Hag for his excellent track record of developing young players ahead of his move to Manchester United.

Ajax boss Ten Hag has built up a fantastic reputation for his work with the Eredivisie club both in the Netherlands and across Europe. In fact, the Dutchman took Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals before rebuilding the team.

The likes of Donny van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech and Frenkie de Jong all blossomed under Ten Hag.

The former two are both now in the Premier League, with Man Utd snapping Van de Beek up in 2020.

United also have a number of exciting talents who have come through recently and are progressing well elsewhere.

Sweden international Elanga, 20, has insisted that he is looking forward to working with Ten Hag.

“His experience in Europe, developing young players like myself and we’ve got other young players coming up,” Elanga told Sky Sports.

“He’ll bring exciting football to Old Trafford.

“It all starts from pre-season and how we take in his instructions and tactics.

“He’ll be a great addition to the club and I’m really, really excited to work with him.”

United are having a season to forget, compounded by Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton. Their latest heavy loss comes after defeats such as 4-0 and 5-0 against Liverpool and 4-1 against Watford.

However, Elanga is potentially a sign of things to come in the future. In his breakthrough season at Old Trafford, he has made 26 first-team appearances, chipping in with two goals and three assists.

Elanga and other exciting Man Utd talent

Man Utd trio Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Aaron Wan-Bissaka

While Elanga is now a fully-fledged member of the first team, more are looking to break through at Old Trafford.

Winger Amad Diallo, the 19-year-old signed from Atalanta in October 2020, has yet to really get his chance. He showed exciting glimpses of his talent last season, but is now on loan at Rangers.

Elsewhere in the team, midfielder James Garner has caught the eye on loan at Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old could yet slot straight into the first team under Ten Hag with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic all leaving.

Behind those players, academy starlets such as Alejandro Garnacho and Charlie McNeill are further signs of things to come.

As such, there may be doom and gloom around Man Utd as it stands, but Ten Hag already has a lot of talent at his disposal.