Anthony Elanga hails ‘dream come true’ after breaking Manchester United’s Champions League record

Ralf Rangnick’s side led 1-0 in their last-16 first leg at Spain’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Wednesday night after Joao Felix’s early header, only to grab a shock equalizer 10 minutes from when their teenage substitute skillfully converted Bruno Fernandes. ‘ perfect pass beyond Jan Oblak.

It was Elanga’s first touch of the game after replacing disappointing Marcus Rashford minutes earlier and continuing the impressive rise of the 19-year-old Swedish winger to become United’s youngest goalscorer in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

The academy graduate also scored to complete a dramatic 4-2 Premier League win over fierce rivals Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday, as he also netted in the 3-1 win over Brentford last month.

Elanga provided a rare bright spark in a difficult period for United, who host Atletico in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 15.

Anthony Elanga is the youngest Manchester United player to score in the Champions League Round of 16

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“I dreamed of moments like this, to score in the Champions League, a big chance like this against a great European team at Atletico Madrid, it’s a dream come true,” Elanga told BT Sport.

“It’s only the first half, the first half is over now, the second half is at Old Trafford.

“Whenever I have the opportunity for the club, I just want to pay the manager back, leave nothing in the tank and give 150% every time I step onto the pitch.

“I just do what I can do when I’m on the pitch. I always tell myself that I want to be the best player on the pitch.

“I appreciate the boss, every time he puts me, I just want to give him back his faith.”


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