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Bruno Fernandes hails Man Utd academy star who ‘has a future’ at Old Trafford

Anthony Elanga is closing in on his first-team debut for Manchester United (Getty)

Bruno Fernandes has praised Manchester United academy star Anthony Elanga and believes the forward ‘has a future’ at Old Trafford.

The 19-year-old has been in excellent form for United’s Under-23s with 11 goals in 20 appearances this season.

Elanga is yet to make his senior debut but has been training with the first-team squad this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has included Elanga in United’s squad for the second leg of their Europa League semi final on Thursday evening.

And ahead of the tie, Fernandes says he has been impressed by Elanga’s performances in training.

‘He is impressing everyone because he is a really nice kid,’ Bruno told United’s official website.

Anthony Elanga has scored 11 goals for Manchester United's Under-23s this season

Anthony Elanga has scored 11 goals for Manchester United’s Under-23s this season (Getty)

‘Quiet, works hard. He is really good on the ball, plays with both feet. So he has a future.

‘If he puts his head focused on what he has to do and what he can achieve, I think he has a future with us.’

Fernandes, meanwhile, has also dismissed the prospect of overtaking Erling Haaland for scoring the most goals in a European competition this season.

The Portugal international current has 10 goals in Europe this season – one behind the Borussia Dortmund striker.

‘For me, helping Rashy [Marcus Rashford] to pass him is more important for me,’ said Fernandes.

‘I’m there to serve my strikers. It doesn’t matter if I pass [him] or Rashy passes [him]. I will be happy anyway because I give many assists to him.’

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