Manchester United boss Solskjaer provides the latest update on Anthony Elanga and Alex Telles
Elanga, a product of the Manchester United youth academy, made his first-team debut towards the end of the last season and made a solid impression. The Swedish youngster was a regular fixture in the pre-season games as well, scoring against QPR and Brentford.
However, Elanga missed the final pre-season clash against Everton and was ruled out of the Leeds United game due to an injury. With Manchester United set to face Southampton this weekend, Solskjaer has provided an update on the condition of the academy product.
“He’s not fully fit yet. He’s doing his rehab but he’s working hard on the grass. At least he’s out from the gym and outside in the lovely Manchester weather! [laughs].”
Telles, who arrived at Manchester United only last summer, had to play backup to Luke Shaw for the majority of the season. The Brazilian did well whenever he was called upon though, proving to be a valuable asset to the team.
However, after featuring against Derby County in the pre-season, he has also been sidelined with injury. But, Solskjaer admitted that the former FC Porto man was working hard to return to the fold as quickly as possible.
“Alex has shown a tremendous attitude to the rehab. He is working really hard and is another one who gets a setback but you can sit down and sulk or you can go back into the gym, work hard and make sure that when you’ve come back you’ve worked on different things.”
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While the duo will be unavailable for the game against Southampton, it is good to know that their rehabilitation is going well. With matches set to come quickly one after the other, every member of the squad will have an important role to play. And, having Elanga and Telles fit and firing would be a boost for Manchester United.