MANCHESTER UNITED prodigy Anthony Elanga transformed from boy to man over the summer with the help of a private coach.
The 19-year-old striker has always been highly rated by United and made his first-team debut at the end of last season.
But he had to work hard to reach this position after suffering a shoulder injury in January 2021.
Elanga went through a rehabilitation process and showed the will to come back stronger, they say Manchester Evening News.
His rehab included cryotherapy and Elanga continued his hard work after making his debut against Leicester.
Over the summer, he worked with a private trainer to strengthen himself – and the results are clear to see.
He is believed to have particularly worked on explosive pace and jumping height and is reportedly one of the most committed United players in the gym.
That’s likely to impress fitness freak Cristiano Ronaldo, who celebrated when Elanga equalized against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.
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It was an unforgettable European debut for the young Swede and capped a brilliant few days in which he also scored at Leeds.
Elanga, who joined United aged just 12, has repaid the faith shown in him by Ralf Rangnick with the youngster playing just five minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
His lack of playing time led to Elanga requesting a loan move in January, but Rangnick advised him to stay with him and that advice immediately paid off.
Elanga believed he would get a chance at United, telling the Manchester Evening News 16 months ago: “There is a way.” [at United].
“It just shows you that there is a path for you to get there if you are willing to work hard and put in the hard work day in and day out in training.”
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