Manchester United star increasingly likely to start vs Watford

Manchester United star increasingly likely to start vs Watford

Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga is increasingly likely to start against Watford in the Premier League this weekend, thanks to his recent superb performances.

Man United will play hosts to Watford on Saturday in the league and will look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

United last lost a game against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup after losing to the Championship side 8-7 on penalties.

Afterwards, Manchester United have won the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion and Leeds United and held to frustrating draws against Burnley, Southampton and Atletico Madrid.

Elanga has been superb in recent games, despite coming off the bench, he’s made more of an impact compared to the regular starters.

The teenager came off the bench late in the game against Leeds United and scored United’s fourth game, while Marcus Rashford was an unused substitute.

The same happened in Spain when he replaced Marcus Rashford but this time his clinical goal was an equaliser against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

His goal wasn’t just his first Champions League goal but also marked United as the first English side to have scored 500 goals in European competitions ( Champions League and Europa League).

No doubt, his form has been eye-catching, and loads of Manchester United fans are expecting Ralf Rangnick to bring the teenager back into the starting XI, at the expense of Marcus Rashford, who has been dreadful since this month.

Rashford last scored for Manchester United against West Ham United as a late substitute but so far, his performances have been next to nothing, tedious.

Anthony Elanga could likely start ahead of Marcus Rashford vs Watford
Anthony Elanga could likely start ahead of Marcus Rashford vs Watford

As a result, several Man United fans would love to see Rangnick’s attacking contain the likes of Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and the Swede, Anthony Elanga.

It’s a crucial game in United’s hunt for a top-four finish and starting with the top performers, as always, would boost their chances of getting all three points off the side that thrashed Man United 4-1 in the reverse fixture, which eventually led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s end as United boss.

Ralf Rangnick was pleased with Anthony Elanga’s performance against Atletico Madrid, hence urged his United players to look up to the teenager.

Rangnick told BT Sport shortly after the match: “I wish a few other players would take him [Anthony Elanga] as a role model.

“Not because he’s doing everything right but he’s just enjoying himself on the pitch. I wish we would enjoy ourselves on the pitch.”

Manchester United are 4th in the Premier League with 46 points from 26 league matches.

A win over Watford would only advance their chances of maintaining their place in the top for at least for this month.