Anthony Elanga almost set amazing world record before Man United pre-season

Man United winger Anthony Elanga was just four inches off equalling a box-jump world record when he was training in the gym following the end of last season.

Elanga impressed last season, in a campaign that was ultimately disappointing for the Red Devils. The 20-year-old burst into the United squad in December, and he is now an established first-team player.

Then-interim manager Ralf Rangnick placed his faith in the Swedish international, and Elanga thrived on his backing.

The winger ended the season with four goals and two assists from 27 appearances in all competitions with the first team. While this return doesn’t look overly impressive, Elanga’s fearless enthusiasm and relentless work ethic made him a valuable member of the Red Devils’ first team and endeared him to United supporters.

Nailing down his place

The highlight of Elanga’s season is undoubtedly his goal away to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. The 20-year-old came on as a substitute at the Wanda Metropolitano and levelled the scores up on the night with a clinical finish beyond Jan Oblak.

Elanga had arrived.

This endeared the winger further with the fans, who had already started chanting his name. Supporters sang Elanga’s name to the tune of ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ by Snap! – a chant which is now a firm favourite among the United faithful.

Pre-season preparations

Anthony Elanga is not yet back with the Man United squad, as he was selected to represent Sweden in June’s UEFA Nations League fixtures. He scored his first senior international goal against Norway.

New Man United manager Erik ten Hag will want to look at every player when they return, and Elanga has been working hard.

The Dutchman demands high intensity, and if the 20-year-old’s gym work is anything to go by, he won’t have any trouble under the new regime.

Elanga’s box jump

While working in the gym, Elanga attempted a massive box jump. The winger reached an incredible 63 inches, just four inches below the current Guinness World Record.

That record is held by Chris Spell from the United States. Spell, a personal trainer, had also previously held the record. He set the new benchmark in 2021. United’s Swedish winger was not far away at all.

A score of 63 inches was a personal best for Elanga, and ahead of the new season, this work only highlights his determination to kick on and improve even further.

Elanga could be a key asset for Ten Hag next year, and there is certainly no doubting his dedication.

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