In-form Manchester United youngster set to make debut against Granada

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named youngster Anthony Elanga in his Europa League squad to face Granada, and he has revealed that the 18-year-old could make his debut in the quarter-final first leg against Granada on Thursday.

Elanga has been in fine form in the youth team, with eight goals and three assists for the U23s this season. His fine performances didn’t just start this season, as last term he won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award.

With Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford all having fitness issues, Solskjaer has brought in the youngster to the squad. The United boss has even admitted that he could have promoted Elanga earlier on in the campaign but for injury.

Elanga will start the game on the bench, but could be in line to make his debut in the second half.

“He’ll [Elanga] be in the squad, he’ll be on the bench,” said Solskjaer.

“He was very unlucky when he got an injury about two or three months ago because he was about to move into the first-team squad then.

“He [Elanga] has a lot of quality, speed and he is a goalscorer. He likes to beat men and has a right foot and left foot.

“He has an appetite to develop and to keep learning. It’s not just for the experience. He’s ready to play.”

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