19-year-old Manchester United forward backed to shine this season

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Manchester United legend Denis Irwin has backed United youngster Anthony Elanga to break into the team this season.

The 19-year-old Swede broke into the first-team towards the end of last season, and finished the campaign with a fine goal away to Wolves.

Elanga was also impressive in pre-season, and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken highly of him ahead of the new campaign.

There were talks of a loan move for Elanga, but Solskjaer insisted that he has a role to play and would be with the first team squad.

Irwin has now backed Elanga to follow the path of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford who broke through from the academy to the first team, without even going on loan.

“The tradition we have of getting players through from the academy is second to none, we’ve always produced exciting players,” said Irwin, who was talking on behalf of Ecolab, Manchester United’s new hygiene and disease prevention partner.

“Mason, his first breakthrough season was brilliant, the second maybe a little bit more difficult as you would expect but he finished on a high last season and he will be looking for more. There are one or two there [ready to follow him] but Anthony Elanga has impressed quite a few.

“He looks like a lad who is quick, young, exciting, exactly like the likes of Marcus and Mason. He may have to bide his time, he’s played in the first-team and will now want a bit more of that. But I think he is an exciting prospect that will come through in the first-team in the next season or two.”