Anthony Elanga was so sure of himself Cristiano Ronaldo would have scored his penalty against Brentford who started running to the corner flag to celebrate, seconds before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner even hit the ball.
Ralf Rangnick’s side earned all three points in their last home game of the season against Thomas Frank’s side thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who scored a penalty in the 61st minute bringing his Premier League tally to 18 goals, was named Sky Sports’ Man of the Match for his efforts against the Bees.
NEVER IN 👏 DOUBT 👏
Cristiano Ronaldo wins a penalty for Man Utd and then takes him home for the 2-0! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ScvoVi6dbG
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 2, 2022
Indeed, United suffered a campaign to forget, but one of the few positives was the return of Ronaldo, who is now third in the Premier League Golden Boot match behind Son Heung-Min and Mohamed Salah.
The 37-year-old has once again played a pivotal role at Old Trafford, a field where he has scored 13 goals this season. And as he prepared to score for the 2-0, teammate Anthony Elanga was in a confident mood.
In fact, the Academy’s product started making its way to the corner flag before Ronaldo had even hit the ball.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence is clear. Last month, he hugged nine United players before the 3-2 win over Norwich City, proving once again that he continues to be an important figure in the locker room.
Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, gave Elanga another first-team Premier League start on Monday night and after the full-time whistle, Roy Keane praised the 20-year-old winger’s performance against Thomas Frank’s side.
“Only the Elanga movement is very positive. Great movement, but poor defense, “the former United captain told Sky Sports.
“This is what you want from young players. You have to mix your game, when to go short, when to turn. It’s a nice Dalot ball.
“Right in the area and Fernandes, very simple but very effective. Nice ball (from Elanga), “added Keane:” He definitely has a bright future. Everything he does on the pitch is always positive. “
He will always remember when Elanga missed the penalty that knocked us out in the FA Cup and Ronaldo went to him telling him it was his fault and not Elanga’s, a true leader and model. pic.twitter.com/JD1Gq27iVk
– Hannibal Mejbri 🐐 (@ Mejbri46) May 2, 2022
It looks like Ronaldo may stay at Old Trafford for another season following Rangnick’s post-match commentary after the Brentford game.
“This is a question you need to ask Erik ten Hag,” Rangnick told Sky Sports when asked about the forward’s future.
“He has shown that he can still be a vital part of this team, but it is obvious that the team needs a few more strikers. There should be two or three new forwards next season, it is quite obvious.
“If you think of Manchester City and Liverpool, they have led [players] each transfer window.
“They strengthened the team, brought in players not so popular at the time they signed and became the two best teams in the world.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they play the Champions League final in a few weeks.
“This shows that it is possible that this could happen and it would not take three or four years to do so.”