What Mata and Matic told Anthony Elanga before his first Manchester United goal

Anthony Elanga made his second Manchester United appearance, and scored his first senior goal at Wolves in the Premier League. Anthony Elang...

Anthony Elanga made his second Manchester United appearance, and scored his first senior goal at Wolves in the Premier League.


Anthony Elanga says some words of wisdom from senior players Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were the reason behind his impressive goalscoring performance in Manchester United's win at Wolves.

Elanga, making just his second ever appearance at senior level, missed a couple of chances before getting on the end of a fine Dan James cross to head home in the first half.

And the young winger, who has excelled at youth level this season, says the trick to his impressive performance was keeping things simple - a message he was given from Mata and Matic before the game.

“My debut's still not sunk in yet,” Elanga told MUTV. “The fact I've scored today, that's still not sunk in yet either!

"It's just an amazing feeling, starting in the Premier League for the club that I've supported since I was young. I'm just so happy. I think that's my first ever header that I've scored for the club.

"I felt really sharp, the ball from Alex I think was the easiest chance of the lot. But I kept going, I had another chance with my left foot that went over the bar. When the third opportunity came I thought 'no, I'm going to score this one', and made a good connection with my head.

"I felt really relaxed, even more than my first game, there were nerves. I felt more relaxed, got on the ball, keeping it simple. I was speaking to Juan and Matic before the game and they said simplify it, you'll be the best player on the pitch. That's what I did, keep it simple but being effective with it."

With Hannibal Mejbri and Will Fish coming off the bench at Molineux, Elanga said it was a special occasion to finish the match alongside two of his under-23 teammates.

He explained: “It's historical. It's a proud day for the club that all five of us from the academy was on the pitch.

“We've been playing with each other in the Under-23s this season but to be playing with each other at the end of the Premier League season is incredible.

"It was a big game for Wolves because their manager is leaving and we knew they'd come all guns blazing. We knew if we kept it simple, kept playing. With me and the academy lads coming on and enjoying ourselves we got the win.

"It's a brilliant day. I'm never gonna forget my debut, never mind forget this goal either! I've come back from a big injury. I really don't [want this season to end]. I worked really hard to get where I am today. I've got to keep working hard and let my football do the talking.”

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