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Ex-United youngster backs Anthony Elanga to become ‘important player’

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Anthony Elanga has had a dream start to 2022, finally establishing himself as a Manchester United first-team regular.

Ahead of the derby this weekend, it would actually be a surprise if Elanga wasn’t on the squad roster, which shows how far we’ve come.

Mipo Odubeko, his longtime friend and ex-teammate, who supported him to continue his success, left Manchester United’s academy in 2019 to try his luck at West Ham.

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Odubeko told the Irish Independent: “I went to school with Anthony, we played together. He’s a big boy and he deserves everything he has.

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“Not only is he a great footballer, but he’s also a fantastic person. He’s a great player, an important player and I think he will continue to be an important player for them in their future.

Elanga received huge praise from his United colleagues during his time with the first team for his humble and hard-working attitude as much as his success on the pitch, which culminated in an important goal at Atletico Madrid last night. last week in the Champions League.

The 19-year-old is set to be called up to Sweden’s senior international squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the first time after his recent comeback.

Odubeko left United in 2019

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Odubeko has fond memories at United and believes his time at the club has benefited him. He had been a regular for the Under-16s and played twice for the Under-18s, scoring once, before leaving.

Last season he scored a hat-trick for West Ham’s Under-23s in a win over United, a timely reminder of what he is capable of.

Odubeko said: “Man United was a big moment for me. I grew up there, there was a lot of education on and off the pitch. United are the biggest club in the world, I worked with great coaches, I had the chance to play with great players who continued their careers.

He is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Doncaster Rovers alongside current United midfielder Ethan Galbraith. But with the team on the road to relegation, he has a tricky job to help the 23rd-ranked team turn the tide.

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