What does Ralf think of the Elanga chant?

Friday 25 February 2022 14:30

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has praised the creativity of the club's supporters after Anthony Elanga's name echoed around the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night.

Our vociferous away fans performed a rendition of the 19-year-old's song following his late equaliser against Atletico Madrid.

When asked about the chant during his pre-match press conference for United's next game, Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford, the German said:

“Everybody could hear [them] singing that song. It's nice for [Elanga] and it shows how creative our supporters are.”

Anthony Elanga scored a vital goal against the Spanish champions in the 80th minute.

Such is Elanga’s popularity, United supporters have reworked Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap to feature the Swede's name.

The winger has quickly established himself as a fans' favourite at Old Trafford, since becoming a regular in matchday squads under Rangnick. He featured in the German's first match in charge - the 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace in December.

And on Wednesday night, when the Academy graduate came on as a second-half substitute and broke through to coolly slot the ball beyond Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal, the travelling Reds swiftly broke into song in his honour.

The words are as follows:

“Rhythm is a dancer, Anthony Elanga,

You won’t stop him if you dare.
Came from Scandinavia,
To be United’s saviour,
Scoring goals from everywhere.”

It is evident that Elanga also has the backing of his 63-year-old manager, and the young winger expressed his gratitude after the game at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“I appreciate the boss and every time he puts me on," said Anthony. “I just want to repay the favour to him.”

Nemanja Matic also came off the bench during the draw against Atletico Madrid.

While Rangnick understood why Elanga garnered so much attention after the midweek draw, he believes that all of his substitutes made an impact and merited praise.

“Although the headlines were quite logically in his [Anthony's] favour, it was not only him,” said Ralf.

“In the second half, we changed the momentum, we regrouped the whole team. It was not only him but also the other players and other subs, including Nemanja Matic who helped to change the game.”