A “frustrated” Manchester United attacker has disclosed that he has already had “secret” conversations about his lack of playing time with Erik ten Hag and will continue those conversations with the team this summer over his future.
Anthony Elanga was a regular off the bench in the early going of the season. But, since the January transfer window closed, his playing time has only been 49 minutes, and the winger is obviously concerned.
Everton and Barcelona were reportedly two of the suitors vying for the services of the 20-year-old during the winter transfer window. On the other hand, Ten Hag did not want to reduce his team’s strength while the team was still engaged on four fronts of battle.
Elanga, however, has only made four substitute appearances since the end of January because of the play of Marcus Rashford, Antony, a returning Jadon Sancho, and the emergence of Alejandro Garnacho.
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Elanga did not play in Friday night’s 3-0 home defeat by Belgium of Sweden. And he acknowledges that at this stage of his career, regular football is all he wants.
Elanga responded, “It is irritating,” when asked about his limited playing time at Manchester United, according to the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. Play is required. Yet the coach, not I, decides whether or not you play.
“I chatted with Erik, and our conversation was confidential.
“I understand what he wants, so I simply keep working out hard. I just need to be prepared to seize the chance when it presents itself.
“We talk a lot, not just about [the lack of game time], but also about the outside world. The benefit of the club is that we talk a lot and they are very helpful to me.
Elanga was questioned over his connections to Barcelona.
Elanga continued, when asked how close he actually came to leaving in January: “There was chatter about it. Nonetheless, I’m concentrating on United right now. We still have a long season ahead of us and must perform well in the final stretch.
Even when asked if relocating to Barcelona might be an option, Elanga responded, “That was in January, I can’t focus on that now.
“The best I can do is concentrate on the remainder of the season [with]
“I adore the club, but playing is crucial to me. I’m still a child. We spoke with the club, and both I and they are aware of the requirements.
On Sunday, April 2, United returns to play when they travel to top-four opponents Newcastle.