Anthony Elanga.

Elanga enjoys ‘healthy’ competition

Thursday 19 May 2022 16:00

Anthony Elanga believes that competition is vital for success and is keen that the Reds are always pushing each other to improve.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a successful first full season in United’s senior team and features in our latest episode of TeamViewer Diaries.

During this interview, Elanga discussed the significance of having competition for places within the United squad.

“Competition is healthy, especially in the environment I am in,” said the Sweden international. “I feel like everyone is pushing each other to become the best version of themselves [and] it shows, even in training.

“Competition is something you need in a big team like Manchester United. If you want to become the best, you’ve got to compete with the best.”

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Since making two first-team starts last season, Elanga has gone from strength to strength this term. The Swede has 20 Premier League appearances ahead of the last-day game at Crystal Palace, and also featured in three Champions League matches.

The arrival of interim manager Ralf Rangnick saw Elanga become a pivotal member of the Reds’ first-team picture, and the 20-year-old revealed how German has helped him.

“Ralf told me to continue to keep training and to continue to work hard [and] just let my football do the talking,” said Elanga. “That’s what I’ve been doing. Just taking it on and I’m just looking forward to next season to take that next step and improve and get better."

Erik ten Hag will take the reins at Old Trafford before the beginning of next season, and Elanga is eager to work with the three-time Eredivisie champion.

He said: “Erik’s got amazing records in Europe; he has done very well with Ajax. He’s a manager who I’m really, really looking forward to working under and I know he can bring a lot of his leadership and qualities to this team. It will be good.

“We know we haven’t had the best of seasons this season, but, with more work in pre-season and the new manager coming in, [next season] should be really, really good.”

Look out for more TeamViewer Diaries interviews in full soon on our official club channels - we'll also have exclusives with Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea.