MANCHESTER UNITED starlet Anthony Elanga has revealed his meteoric rise this season has been partly due to advice he’s been given by Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Elanga has been enjoying a breakout campaign with two goals and two assists in 19 Premier League appearances.
The winger has earned a place with the senior squad where he gets to interact with some of the club’s most experienced players, like Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and fellow Swede Victor Lindelof.
The 20-year-old is also constantly receiving advice from Red Devils legend Ronaldo, whom he grew up watching at Old Trafford.
The versatile forward has been so impressive that he even received a call-up from the Swedish national team where he has also been mentored by former United star Ibrahimovic.
Elanga told Sky Sports: “I grew up watching United as well, so the likes of Wayne Rooney and obviously Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I speak to Cristiano a lot in training and he’s always giving me advice.
“I grew up watching him at Old Trafford, so now to be able to play together is just an amazing feeling.
“There are many other players who have helped me as well. The likes of Victor Lindelof, who I play with internationally.
“Juan Mata and Bruno Fernandes too. I’ve also learnt a lot from Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the national team. He’s given me good advice.
“So I’ve got a lot of experience around me which can help me reach the next level.”
Elanga is also “excited” with the imminent arrival of new United manager Erik ten Hag from Ajax.
The Sweden international is looking forward to working with Ten Hag following his impressive track record of turning young players, like Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, into superstars.
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Elanga added: “His experience in Europe, developing young players like myself and we’ve got other young players coming up. He’ll bring exciting football to Old Trafford.
“It all starts from pre-season and how we take in his instructions and tactics.
“He’ll be a great addition to the club and I’m really, really excited to work with him.”