Man Utd youngster ‘completely starstruck’ by Ronaldo after return to club

Teenage forward Anthony Elanga has admitted he was 'starstruck' when he heard that Cristiano Ronaldo would be returning to Manchester United.

The Swedish youngster is relishing the opportunity to learn from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner once the United players return to training following the international break.

Ronaldo sealed a stunning return to Old Trafford last week after United swooped in under the noses of rivals Manchester City to complete a £13.5million deal to bring him back to the club.

The Portugal captain has signed a two-year deal with the club and United have the option of extending it by a further year meaning he could play into his 40s.

Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, Elanga said that "I was starstruck when I heard he was coming to United. But I have calmed myself down a little now.

"I will be looking at everything with Ronaldo. How he does what he does, what he does before and after training. I'll be asking the questions any other person would.

"He's won everything with United and knows what it takes to play for the club. He's a legend. I have heard he speaks a lot with young players and I look forward to meeting him."

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Swedish under-21 international Elanga made his United debut in May before scoring his first goal for the club on the final day of the season in a win at Wolves.

While he has not been included in a matchday squad yet this season, he is highly thought of at Old Trafford and signed a new contract as recently as March this year.

Capable of playing anywhere across the front three, the 19-year-old has been at the club for seven years after arriving from Malmo aged 12 back in 2014.

Elanga now hopes he can develop even further by watching five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo in training and by playing alongside him this season.

Ronaldo arrived in Manchester over the weekend after scoring a brace for Portugal on Wednesday to become the leading international goal scorer in football history.

It is understood he will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday and could make his second United debut on Saturday at home to Newcastle United.

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