Pre-season is a funny time of year, mainly because the importance of it will often come down to the results.
If you crush all opponents and look imperious then a manager will rightfully look to take that momentum into the season, but some poor results will see it written off as a fitness exercise and nothing to worry about.
Some Man United fans might not be delighted with their performance today as they lost to QPR, but there was a bright spot in Anthony Elanga who looked bright and scored a good goal:
Anthony Elanga vs. QPR:
88% pass accuracy
31 touches [5 in the box]
3 shots [3 on target]
2 big chances
2 fouls won
A really bright cameo. ?? pic.twitter.com/iesNy7PU3T
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 24, 2021
He started to make an impact towards the end of last season and he appears to have a big future, but it’s a positive sign if he’s continuing to impress and make an impact when given a chance.
It might still be best for him to go out on loan to have a full season as a starter somewhere else, but he keeps showing that he deserves to be around the first-team next season if he does stick around.