Manchester United legend Roy Keane has lauded Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga’s display in the victory against Leeds United.
The former joined the Red Devils last summer from Borussia Dortmund. However, the 21-year-old initially took time to settle down in the Premier League and struggled to find regular first-team action under the former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
On the other hand, the Swedish forward came through the club’s youth system and has been involved with the first team berth regularly since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick.
The Red Devils came away victorious against Leeds by 4-2 and Sancho played a key role in the victory, notching up two assists. Elanga also contributed by scoring the fourth goal after coming on in the second half.
“He’s grown in confidence and is getting the United way. He’s getting braver and showing a bit more courage. We talk about what he’d done at Dortmund, playing for Dortmund and Man United is completely different. Dortmund are nowhere near as big as Man United. It’s those little details that come from confidence and getting that swagger and it’s nice to see because he was getting heavily criticised.”
Keane also praised youngster Anthony Elanga and said:
“This young kid Elanga, he’s a really good player. [He was] positive and [the win was] well deserved in the end. They made hard work of it but United were by far the better team.”
Signing Jadon Sancho was a great decision by the club’s hierarchy and it was expected that he would take time to settle down in the Premier League. Following the arrival of Rangnick, the 21-year-old is getting regular first-team action which has helped the winger to settle down.
The German boss likes to work with younger talents and giving Anthony Elanga regular playing time has been one of the examples. The Swedish forward is getting picked over star forward Marcus Rashford who is enduring a difficult season. So, Rangnick should get praise for picking players for their current form rather than reputation.
Manchester United have shown signs of improvement in recent games, however, conceding goals at the start of the second half has become a recurring theme under the German tactician. So, the Old Trafford outfit need to overcome the problem as quickly as possible, given they will have to encounter tougher opponents in upcoming fixtures.
Rangnick’s side will travel to the Spanish capital on Wednesday night to encounter Atletico Madrid in the Champions League before facing off city rival Manchester City in the Premier League next month.