Manchester United left Madrid with a 1-1 draw thanks to a late goal from substitute Anthony Elanga. The youngster has had a great week, scoring off the bench in our 4-2 win against Leeds at Elland Road days earlier.
Speaking to BT Sports after the game, Elanga revealed he has dreamt of scoring in big games like this against top teams and is desperate to repay the faith shown in him by manager Ralf Rangnick.
I think that was my first touch as well. I’ve dreamt of moments like this, scoring in the Champions League. Obviously in a big occasion like this, against a top European team like Atletico Madrid – like I say it’s a dream come true. But it’s only the first half [of the tie]. That’s gone now and the second half is at Old Trafford in a couple of weeks. So, got to be ready for that.
Whenever I get an opportunity for the club I just want to repay the favour to the manager and just leave nothing in the tank and give 150 per cent every time I step onto that pitch and just enjoy it. I just do what I can do when I go on the pitch, I always tell myself I want to be the best player on the pitch. I appreciate the boss and like I said before every time he puts me on, I just want to repay the favour to him.
After an early goal from Joao Felix, Atletico’s only shot on target over the game, Elanga has reflected on how important it was for us to equalise and give ourselves a good chance for the second leg at Old Traffford.
You got to stay in the game because anything could happen, it’s the Champions League. It’s the best club competition in the world, anything could happen. You got to stay ready for the full 90 minutes. Obviously, we didn’t play the best football in the first half and then in the second half with the substitutions that we made, I think we stepped up a bit.