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Manchester United explain Anthony Elanga squad inclusion

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Anthony Elanga has not been promoted to the Manchester United first-team squad just to gain experience.

Elanga, 18, will be included in a first-team matchday squad for the first time when United face Granada in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday night.

Sweden youth international Elanga signed a new contract earlier this year and has joined United first-team’s training bubble at Carrington.

Marcus Rashford could start on the bench against Granada and teenagers Amad and Shola Shoretire made their European debuts for the club in the round-of-32 against Real Sociedad.

“Anthony will be in the squad, he’ll be on the bench,” Solskjaer said. “He has impressed when he has been in training with us.

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“He was very unlucky two or three months back when he got a bad injury and he’s worked really hard to come back, because he was just due to move into the first-team squad back then.

“He’s got an X factor, some attributes, it’s not like a gift, but he’s got the acceleration, pace, speed, that’s a given for wingers and he’s got qualities I like.

“He’s a goalscoring winger, he’s confident, he likes to beat men, right foot, left foot, he’s got a great attitude. His appetite and hunger to improve and when he’s been training with us the while he’s been here now he’s not been fazed by it, he’s confident.

“He’s not just there for experience, he’s ready to play a part if he has to.”

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