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Thornley tells Man Utd fans: Super Swede Anthony Elanga one to watch

Former Manchester United winger Ben Thornley admits he's excited by the potential of Swedish teen Anthony Elanga.

United fans saw the summer market close earlier this month with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ushering through the Carrington gates two teenage winger signings in Amad Diallo from Atalanta and Facundo Pellistri from Penarol.

However, Thornley is convinced United already boast one exciting wing talent capable of making a first team breakthrough this season in the form of Elanga.

Writing in his column for Tribalfootball.com, Thornley declared: "Facundo Pellistri was on the bench against PSG, and Amad Diallo at Atalanta can't affect anything at the club until he arrives in January. But we have got similar players and wingers in the academy, certainly one who I'd like to mention in Anthony Elanga."

Elanga was named the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Season for last term as he featured in both the U18 and U23 teams. The youngster, raised in Elfsborg, came through the Malmo academy before joining United.

Elanga is the son of former MFF and Cameroon defender Joseph Elanga.

And Thornley is convinced he is the real deal, adding: "I've watched Anthony this season in the U23s. He's got blistering pace, two great feet and can score a goal. I don't think it will be long until he's knocking on the door of the first-team squad, and people will get a glimpse of what talent we've got coming through in those sort of positions."

Sweden youth international Elanga, 18, has a contract with United to the end of this season.

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