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Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga came close to joining rivals Manchester City before he moved to Old Trafford, according to his former youth coach Ian Forder.
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Manchester United youngster Anthony Elanga came close to joining rivals Manchester City before he moved to Old Trafford, according to his former youth coach Ian Forder.

Elanga, 19, has featured eight times for the senior side, including his first Premier League start in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa last weekend.

After moving to England from his native Sweden in 2013, Elanga joined Hattersley FC who, at the time, were coached by Forder.

The 62-year-old, along with friend and local businessman John Croke, knew that the winger was destined to play at a higher level.

Forder claims that Man City were the first club who expressed their interest in signing Elanga, before a parent and scout made contact with Man United's chief scout after watching him play in a local match.

"(Manchester) City showed interest at first and he had a few training sessions with them," Forder told The Sun.

"I had the Under-14s team then and I really shouldn't have played him – but I wasn't going to let him play for anyone else.

"Straight away I could tell he had something, he was outstanding. He picked the ball up in his own half, went past seven players, around the goalkeeper and side-footed it in. I turned to John and said, 'Did you just see that?'

"One of the parents was a scout and he contacted United's chief scout, who looked at him. I think it was an 8-1 defeat but Anthony was outstanding."

As well as representing the senior side this season, Elanga has starred for United's youth team, scoring five goals and registering three assists in 10 appearances. body check tags ::

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City37286396247290
2Liverpool37278291256689
3Chelsea372011674324271
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs372151164402468
5Arsenal37213135647966
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd371610115756158
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham371681359481156
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves37156163740-351
9Leicester CityLeicester371310145858049
10Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton371115113943-448
11Brentford37137174754-746
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle371210154261-1946
13Crystal Palace371015124946345
14Aston Villa37136185051-145
15Southampton37913154263-2140
16Everton37116204261-1939
17Burnley37714163351-1835
18Leeds UnitedLeeds37811184078-3835
RWatford3765263375-4223
RNorwich CityNorwich3757252379-5622
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