Elanga: We needed to give something back
Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga says the Reds were determined to finish our season at Old Trafford on a winning note for the supporters.
The win saw Elanga and co sign off with three points in front of our supporters, with away trips to Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace remaining at the end of what has been a tough campaign.
“I feel like we needed that,” the Academy graduate told reporter Stewart Gardner.
“We needed to give something back to the fans as well because they’ve been supporting us for the whole season, through the good days and bad days.
“Three goals, clean sheet, rainy Manchester night, it was really good. We needed it.”
Elanga has often been a bright spark for United under Ralf Rangnick and provided the impetus again on a wet evening at Old Trafford, showing blistering pace to chase down a Diogo Dalot through ball before cutting it back on the byline for Bruno Fernandes to fire home the opener in the ninth minute.
The United youngster was then embraced by Fernandes and his colleagues for his contribution in the goal, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane going on to complete the scoring for the Reds in the second half.
“I feel like every time I make a run, they’re going to find me,” Elanga said of his team-mates.
“Even if they don’t find me, it’s about making that run because you never know. When that ball comes, you have got to be focused.
“When I got the ball, I knew Bruno was in there, so I just needed to give him a nice little ball in and he thanked me for it at the end!”
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Elanga says he is continuing to relish learning from experienced team-mates like the aforementioned trio, the latter of which was making his final Old Trafford appearance as a Red on Monday.
“It’s good, not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well,” Anthony explained.
“They speak to me a lot and give me good advice. Not only them three, we’ve got Phil Jones as well who’s hugely, hugely experienced.
“You need people like that in the team, experienced people like that and I’m really enjoying it with them.”