Anthony Elanga has mentioned he was told to “scare” Atletico Madrid by supervisor Ralf Rangnick moments earlier than scoring Manchester United’s essential equaliser at Wanda Metropolitano.
Elanga scored together with his first contact within the 80th minute after coming off the bench to earn United a 1-1 draw within the first leg of their Champions League spherical of 16 tie.
It was their first and solely shot on track as Elanga turned the membership’s youngest ever goalscorer within the knockout phases of the Champions League at 19 years and 302 days.
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“I’ve dreamt of moments like this, scoring within the Champions League in opposition to prime European groups like Atletico Madrid, [it is] a dream come true,” Elanga told BT Sport.
“I feel it was my first contact as properly. He [Rangnick] mentioned to me to make the defenders scared and run in behind.
“After I get the chance to take it. I wished a very good consequence for the followers as a result of they got here a good distance.
“It’s only the primary half, we’ve to be prepared for the second half at Previous Trafford.”
The Sweden Beneath-21 worldwide has grow to be a key a part of the squad since Rangnick’s arrival as interim boss in December.
His objective in opposition to Atletico, which cancelled out Joao Felix’s seventh-minute header, was his second in successive video games after once more scoring instead within the 4-2 win over Leeds United at Elland Highway on Sunday.
“I told you the way calm and funky I’m and at any time when I’m given a chance I would like to repay the supervisor and provides 150% everytime I step onto the pitch,” he mentioned.
“I simply do what I can do, I would like to be one of the best participant on the pitch and I admire the boss.
“You’ve got to keep within the sport, something can occur. We didn’t play one of the best within the first half, however improved after the substitutions within the second half.”
United have been lucky to nonetheless be within the sport when Elanga scored after a first-half efficiency Rangnick mentioned he “could not consider.”
Atletico twice hit the woodwork however United ended the sport because the stronger of the 2 groups after Rangnick made a collection of modifications, together with bringing on Elanga for Marcus Rashford.
“I do not know if I rescued it however after the efficiency within the first half, it may solely get higher,” Rangnick mentioned.
“What we performed within the first half I nonetheless can not consider. We performed with out conviction, with out aggression and that’s the reason we have been struggling. We’ve to play higher within the first half, I used to be very disillusioned by that efficiency within the first half.
“He [Elanga] is enjoying as if it’s a dream come true, it’s a pleasure and enjoyable to watch him play. I want just a few different gamers would take him for instance and as a job mannequin.”