Manchester United teenager Anthony Elanga has revealed that Ralf Rangnick instructed him to go and ‘make the defenders scared’ before scoring a late equaliser.
Man United trailed at half-time 1-0 after Joao Felix had opened the scoring in the 7th minute. United could have been two goals down before half-time but the crossbar played a role in preventing that.
With the big boys failing to make impressions against the Spanish side, Ralf Rangnick took matters into his hands and hauled off the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, and Victor Lindelof, with Elanga replacing Rashford.
In the 80th minute, his gamble paid off when Elanga got on the end of Bruno Fernandes’ sublime pass and made no mistake from inside the penalty box.
His goal did not only hand Manchester United a 1-1 draw at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano but also marked United as the first English side to score 500 goals in European competitions [UEFA Champions League and Europa League].
After the final whistle, Anthony Elanga reacted to his goal and explained how the German boss influenced him.
‘It is only first half, we have to be ready for the second half at Old Trafford.
‘I told you how calm and cool I am and whenever I am given an opportunity I want to repay the manager and give 150% every time I step onto the pitch. I just do what I can do, I want to be the best player on the pitch and I appreciate the boss.
‘You’ve got to stay in the game, anything can happen. We did not play the best in the first half, but improved after the substitutions in the second half.
‘He (Ralf Rangnick) said to me to make the defenders scared and run in behind. When I get the opportunity to take it. I wanted a good result for the fans because they came a long way.’