Anthony Elanga has signed a new contract at Manchester United until June 2026, with the option of a further year.
The young Swede was delighted to be continuing the journey he started when he signed with United at 13 years of age.
“My ultimate ambition has always been to play for Manchester United. The standard is extremely high, but this contract is another important moment in my journey.” He told the club website.
“This is the perfect environment to take the next step, with world-class players and coaches to learn from every day.
“I’m overjoyed that the Club has shown such faith in my development, and I want to thank my family and all of the staff for their ongoing support.”
After scoring his first goal against Wolves on the last day of the season, Elanga has continued his development this campaign and has made solid first impressions under Ralf Rangnick.
The German brought the 19-year-old on off the bench in his first game against Crystal Palace when the game was at a deadlock. A clear showing of trust to a player that Rangnick was reportedly impressed with in training when he came in as manager.
With seven goals in seven games for Sweden Under-21s and five goals for United’s youth teams, Elanga’s development is coming along nicely.
He was awarded his Champions League debut earlier this month, alongside Amad, Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal and Teden Mengi — it’s clear that Rangnick is keen to utilise United’s youth talent, as long as they prove to have the right capabilities to play at Old Trafford.
“I think since the Busby Babes this has always been part of the DNA of the club and the same was true under Sir Alex Ferguson in those 27 years.” Rangnick explained in his pre-match press conference for the game against Newcastle on Monday.
“It’s not only about youth, it’s about being talented and having the right personality and mentality and if those things come together then of course I want to play as many of those young players as possible.”
Elanga has been involved in the matchday squad for every game under Rangnick so far, and this contract looks to be an example that young players will be given a fair chance and rewarded under the new management.
With many other talented youth players in the ranks — such as Hannibal Mejbri, who reached the Arab Cup Final with Tunisia last week — United supporters should be excited to see who can break through next.