Amad Diallo has once again shown that he has what it takes to make it to the top for Manchester United … as Anthony Elanga hints he could be the next Old Trafford teenager to follow suit after his Premier League – debut against Leicester.
- Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga were handed their league debut on Tuesday
- The teens from Manchester United played best with Mason Greenwood
- Diallo impressed and grabbed an assist to add to his Europa League offense this season
- There were also promising moments for the Swedish youth international Elanga
Once again Manchester United are forced to look to the future after another season without a domestic trophy. However, the signs on Tuesday evening were very promising.
A home defeat to Leicester City left neighbors Manchester City Premier League champions, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in second place. But all was far from lost.
United Twitter frowned at the team news announcement an hour before kickoff, with news that both Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga would be starting.
Amad Diallo celebrates with Mason Greenwood after setting up United’s goal in the first half
Diallo is no stranger to fans this season. His arrival from Atlanta was met with a lot of excitement – excitement he has already lived up to in Europa League appearances.
His four appearances in this year’s league, in which United will compete in the final later this month, culminated in a memorable first goal for the club at Old Trafford against AC Milan.
Back on home soil for his Premier League bow, the 18-year-old reaffirmed some opinion that he is destined to play a big part in United’s fortunes in the future.
Part of a young front three – with the relatively experienced Mason Greenwood in the lead, flanked by the debutants – Diallo showed he is unfazed at this level.
While Solskjaer’s second heat didn’t get the best of starts – Luke Thomas put the Foxes ahead by 10 minutes – there was an immediate reaction, with the Ivorian playing a key role.
Anthony Elanga showed some glimpses of what could come in Man United’s colors
Diallo advanced to the right, cut back, and looked in to see Greenwood’s run at the edge of the Leicester chest. A low pass into the England international’s feet gave the striker time to put the ball on his right foot and create the corner to drill over the goal and past Kasper Schmeichel.
The new Premier League boy’s contribution was noted, the No. 19 getting high fives from Greenwood as he ran to celebrate.
For Elanga, his contribution wasn’t all that tangible, but the daunting prospect of a Premier League debut didn’t shrink him on the big stage.
There were eloquent touches and some nice twists from the 19-year-old overtaking Leicester defenders – proof why he is the current holder of United’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Trophy.
Diallo already looks confident at this level, despite being only 18, and has a bright future
Elanga was born into a football family, his father Joseph a former Cameroonian international who was part of their 1998 World Cup squad.
Joseph made a name for himself as a defender of the likes of Brondby and Malmö, but his son is known for impressing within the club’s Under 23s on the other side.
A lack of defensive awareness was at times exposed, Alex Telles coached the young winger through periods of sustained pressure on the left at the beginning of the second period.
After 66 minutes, Solskjaer pitched to Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani in place of Elanga and Greenwood in an attempt to regain a foothold in the game, while Diallo soon gave way to Bruno Fernandes.
Swapping places with United’s biggest stars could become more regular as their levels continue to rise.