Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga has admitted he was ‘starstruck’ when the club announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo last week.
Elanga, who was promoted to the first team at the end of the last campaign and impressed in pre-season before an injury cut preparations short, has expressed his delight at the possibility of playing with the 36-year-old superstar.
Elanga, 19, is yet to make an appearance this season after sustaining an injury the week before United’s Premier League curtain-raiser on August 14 but has now made a full recovery.
“I was starstruck when I heard he was coming to United,” the teenager is quoted as saying by Fotbollskanalen. “But I have calmed myself down a little now.
“I will be looking at everything with Ronaldo. How he does what he does, what he does before and after training. I’ll be asking the questions any other person would.
“He’s won everything with United and knows what it takes to play for the club. He’s a legend. I have heard he speaks a lot with young players and I look forward to meeting him.”
Elanga was rumoured to be leaving the club on loan this summer but the Sweden U21 international ended up staying at Old Trafford and if his pre-season form is anything to go by, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy to have him around.
A loan could be revisited in January if first-team opportunities are few and far between, however, another season at academy level is not seen as ideal for his development by many supporters.