The Elanga Fans' Q&A in full
Anthony Elanga sat down with us to respond to a pile of supporters' questions recently, as part of our Fans' Q&A series.
The Sweden winger is looking forward to his first full season with the Manchester United senior squad, after cementing a regular place in the matchday squad under Ralf Rangnick last term.
Here, he answers teasers from keen Reds across the globe on a range of topics, from his favourite-ever footballer to his chosen pizza topping...
Oche, Nigeria: Who is your best friend in the squad?
“Thanks for the question, Oche. I’ve got many friends in the team. I feel like we are a family, so I can’t just pick one. I’ve got many, many friends.”
Fayaaz, South Africa: Who plays the best music in the dressing room?
“It’s a good question. I’d put myself up there, Fayaaz. But I think the DJ in the dressing room is Jadon [Sancho] or Bruno [Fernandes]. They play good music. [What kind of stuff do they play?] It varies, to be fair. It could be Portuguese, could be American, so, yeah, it varies.”
Stanley, UK: Hi Anthony, I’m wondering if the number 36 means anything special to you, and why did you choose that number?
“It’s a number that was available in the team, Stanley. So, when I got asked if I wanted a number – it’s not really that meaningful but it’s a number that I had last season and I just want to keep wearing it.”
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Josiah, DR Congo: What do you do for fun besides playing football?
“I do a lot of things. I like to play basketball and I like to follow basketball as well. I like the Golden State Warriors. My favourite player has to be Steph Curry. He’s just the MVP at the moment so, yeah, I like to play basketball.”
Vilma, Sweden: Who is better at basketball, you or Victor Lindelof?
“I think I am better than Victor. And he’ll probably say the same thing, hopefully! [laughs]”
Rafael, South Africa: Do you have a favourite food and, if so, what is it?
“A good question, Rafael. I’d have to pick something by my mum. My mum makes the best food. Homemade is the best. [What does she make?] What kind of dish do you want? Do you want Swedish dish, or just anything? [Yeah, anything] Favourite dish... you’re putting me on the spot here... lasagne. I’m going to have to say lasagne. Everyone does [like lasagne], especially when it’s homemade.”
James, UK: Who is your favourite footballer of all time, and why?
“Favourite footballer of all time is Thierry Henry, for me. In my opinion. He is one of the players I grew up watching. Of all time? Yeah, for me, it’s Thierry Henry. He’s a role model I grew up watching. [Who is your favourite United player of all time?] There’s so many. I can’t just pick one, but if I have to pick one, Sir Bobby Charlton. But there’s so many, I can’t just pick one.”
Benjamin, Australia: What is the best advice you have ever received about either life or football?
“To just enjoy it. Don’t take life for granted. Enjoy it, every single second of the day, and respect your loved ones and just enjoy your time with them and when you get an opportunity in anything in life, take it.”
Arijan, US: Has our new signing Tyrell Malacia fitted in with the boys? It seems like you get on really well…
“Yeah, I think we’ve clicked. He’s a good lad on the pitch and off the pitch and I really enjoy playing with him and spending time with him outside the pitch as well. He’s really good, so that was a really good question.”
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Sam, Ireland: What are your goals for this season?
“My goal is to obviously play as many games as I can for the first team, score many goals, and play a huge part in this team and hopefully win trophies.”
Graham, Australia: What is your best moment in a United shirt so far?
“That’s a good question, Graham. Even in the Academy, I won the award for the best player in the Under-18s. I’d say probably scoring in the Champions League. It was a special moment.”
Emma, Sweden: What’s your favourite song?
“Favourite-ever song? At the moment, ever, it’s going to have to be Lil Baby, In a Minute. That’s one of my favourite songs at the moment and I listen to it all the time. I can’t just pick one, honestly, it’s a difficult question. It’s going to have to be In a Minute by Lil Baby.”
Ravichandran, Singapore: If there was any destination you’d love to travel to, where would it be?
“Ooh. Maldives. I think it’s peaceful. It looks peaceful there.”
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Harry, UK: Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most?
“In general sports, for me, it could be Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, in terms of mentality and the way they approach things. If I was to pick, them two. Yeah.”
Mesha, US: Do you think pineapples belong on pizza?
“Mesha, that’s a good question. Obviously, it’s going to have contrasting opinions, but I think it doesn’t belong on pizza. In my opinion, I think it doesn’t. [What would your preferred pizza topping be?] My Swedish people, they would know this. I’m not sure in England they would know this, but my Swedish people would know about a kebab pizza. Doner kebab pizza or kebab. But, if I’m in England, if I had to choose an English one, it would have to be pepperoni.”
Darren, UK: How does it feel when fans sing your song?
“It feels amazing, Darren. Something I’ve always dreamt of. So I feel really honoured and I just want to repay the fans by playing well on the pitch and give them a reason for them to chant my name.”
Nicky, Kenya: If you could go back in time and play 90 minutes for any football team in history, which would it be?
“Ooof. Any game. It’s a tough one, you know. Probably ’99 when Ole scored the winner. I’d like to score that winner. That’s why I’d like to go back in time and score that winner. [Would you come as a substitute like Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]– who would you replace in the time? Obviously, it was an amazing team wasn’t it?] It was a top team so I’d just come off the bench and score.”
Jake, UK: What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not training?
“When I’m not training, I will probably play some Uno with family and friends or do some yoga or read. Other than that, just chill really. Training is that hard that you don’t really have time to do a lot off the pitch. You’re going to have to recover and you’re training again the next day, so that’s what I do.”
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Clare, UK: What is the best goal you have ever scored?
“Ooh. That’s a good question Claire. I might have to say when I played against Accrington Stanley in the Papa John’s Trophy. I scored a nice solo goal. Picked the ball up from my own half and just passed a lot of people, so I think it’s going to have to be that one.”
Jack, UK: What was your favourite thing about being on tour?
“Seeing the amazing fans that we’ve got and the fanbase that we have. Exploring something different. This is my third time in – well, when we were in Thailand it was my third time in an Asian country. It’s my first time in Australia so it’s an opportunity to come to a different country, see how it is, and I’m enjoying it so far.”
Sujal, India: What is it like to train with Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
“It’s amazing. The fact that he’s 40 years old just shows his professionalism. He’s really good off the pitch as well. He gives me good advice and obviously he’s helped me settle, as well as Victor has as well. They both helped me settle into the national team and I’m really honoured and grateful to be able to have those two, [to be] playing with them and training with them as well.”
Declan, UK: Who is your biggest inspiration outside of football?
“Inspirations? I’d say my parents. But from a football side of it, even my dad played football as well. Obviously, I’ve already said Thierry Henry and the way he plays left wing, right wing, striker. He’s someone that I looked up to when I was growing up.”
Frederick, UK: If you had one job other than a professional footballer, what would it be?
“I don’t know. I think it’s just going to have to be football. It is football, even if it is lower [level], it’s football.”
Question from a fan in China: Which skill or technique have you been working hardest on recently?
“Recently, I’ve been working more on different ways of finishing. One touch, when it’s bouncing in front of you, how to volley and get the right contact on the ball. I’ve been working [on it] a lot so, hopefully, I can use it more this season and score many goals.”