Manchester United teenager rumoured to start vs Brentford

Manchester United teenager rumoured to start vs Brentford

Manchester United will play visitors to Brentford tonight and reports hold that Anthony Elanga is set to start in the attack.

The Man United Academy graduate started against Aston Villa last weekend and received special praises from teammates and Ralf Rangnick, though he was replaced late on in the game.

Elanga impressed against the Villans on Saturday and came close twice to get on the score sheet but the tie ended 2-2, thanks to Bruno Fernandes with a brace.

Early suggestions on Twitter are claiming that the Sweden U-23 is set to start tonight against Brentford.

The 19-year-old scored the opener against the newly-promoted side in pre-season but the friendly tie was forced to settle in a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United interim manager Rangnick would release tonight’s official starting XI one hour to the kick-off [20:00 GMT].

Bruno Fernandes was pleased with Anthony Elanga’s performance against Villa and claimed the youngster gave ‘everything’ on the pitch and was one of the top performers.

‘I said it last season already, Anthony [Elanga] is a kid that works hard and is prepared to be in the team, prepared to play,’ Fernandes told MUTV.

Anthony Elanga could start for Manchester United against Brentford
Anthony Elanga could start for Manchester United against Brentford

‘He’s being a top kid, waiting for his moment, training really hard and he deserved the chance that he got today.

‘He was, for me, one of the best on the pitch. He gave everything.

‘I said to him that my goal started from his header because he won the header. It seems like nothing, but these are really important moments in the games.

‘We are really happy for him because he deserved his chance.’

Anthony Martial has returned back to the Manchester United squad but no Marcus Rashford.

Rashford was not in the squad against Aston Villa and could be about to miss tonight’s clash as well.

However, United welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back in the squad after the forward missed Manchester United’s last two games against Aston Villa.