Anthony Elanga has discussed his ‘frustrations’ at Manchester United, and revealed talks with manager Erik ten Hag.
The 20-year-old academy graduate was regularly relied upon last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, but has been limited to mainly substitute appearances with Ten Hag.
Becoming a first-teamer last season, Elanga’s 27 games saw 16 starts and three goals, but this campaign he has only seven starts from 24 appearances, and is yet to score.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Anthony and Wout Weghorst have arrived, while Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri seem to have moved ahead in the pecking order.
Discussing his lack of minutes to the media while away on national duty with Sweden, Elanga said: “It is frustrating. You want to play. It is important. But if you don’t play, it’s not up to me but up to the coach.
“I have spoken to Erik and it is private between the two of us. I know what he wants me to do and I can just keep training hard. When the opportunity comes, I just have to be ready to take it.
“We have a lot of dialogue, not only about it but also what is happening around. That’s the good thing about the club, we talk a lot and they help me a lot.”
Elanga was linked with a move away in the January transfer window, at least on loan, with Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven reportedly interested in the winger.
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When asked about those rumours, he said: “There was talk about it, but right now I’m focusing on United. We still have a big season ahead of us and need to finish it as well as possible.
“That was in January, now I can’t focus on it. The best I can do is focus on the rest of the season, then I get to talk to the club.
“I love the club, but it’s important for me to play. I’m still young. We have spoken to the club and they know what is required and I know what is required.”
Much like at club level, Elanga wasn’t able to get on the pitch during Sweden’s 3-0 loss to Belgium and was asked about similar frustrations with the national team.
There is not much I can focus on,” he said. “It is Janne [Andersson] who chooses eleven players. I can only focus on what I do on the training ground.”