Anthony Elanga scored a crucial late goal for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 go against Atlético Madrid Wednesday night.
United fell behind from the start in Madrid, with Joao Felix scoring the opener after just seven minutes.
The Red Devils struggled to get back into the game and failed to register a shot on target in the first half.
In fact, the first time they scored a shot on target happened in the 75th minute, and it ended up with a goal.
Anthony Elanga was played one-on-one with Jan Oblak and the youngster finished with aplomb.
There were no further goals as United held on to a hard-fought draw.
Elanga’s goal could prove crucial to decide the draw. Another angle of the goal was posted by a Twitter user @ManUnitedZone_ and it is poetry in motion. Watch it below…
Poetry in motion 🤩🔴
Anthony Elanga’s goal in 𝙨𝙡𝙤𝙬-𝙢𝙤 🥶
– United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) February 24, 2022
It shows what an impressive goal it was. Cristiano Ronaldo was under pressure from an opponent but found Fred with an accurate header.
The Brazilian showed quick feet to find Bruno Fernandeswhich led to Atletico defending before playing a perfect ball to Elanga.
The Swedish star then did the rest. Fernandes could then be seen pushing Elanga away to celebrate in front of traveling United fans.
Ralf Rangnick hailed Elanga in his post-match interview. He said, according to Sky Sports: “He plays like it’s a dream come true, it’s a joy and a pleasure to watch him play, I would like a few other players to take him as an example and a role model. Football is an important sport, even more for the fans, and it’s a ball game. That’s what I want us to do in the second leg in particular.
“Anthony, in all the games he’s played so far, just shows that he plays with all the passion, all the fun and all the joy.
Elanga SAVE Man United! Full reaction on The Football Terrace…
“He’s just having fun on the pitch and he’s fully aware of his strengths, his assets, his weapons. He always tries to play and show those weapons. That’s what he did again today .
“We just have to play like that in every position and if we want to get to the quarter-finals in a couple of weeks at Old Trafford, we have to play exactly like that.”
Elanga, barring injury, will no doubt be involved when United host Atletico at Old Trafford for their return leg on March 15.