Man Utd starlet Elanga idolised Arsenal legend Henry as a kid

Manchester United debutant Anthony Elanga idolised Arsenal legend Thierry Henry growing up while his father was also a professional footballer.

The 19-year-old was given a shock start against Leicester on Tuesday night in a much-changed side.

After playing Aston Villa on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes to the side that won 3-1 at the weekend.

With Liverpool to come on Thursday, playing his trusted stars three times in six days would be too grueling a fixture pile-up.

It has allowed Elanga the chance to make a name for himself after scoring 11 in 20 Under-23 matches this season.

The Swede has been parachuted in following his rapid progress and won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy award at the club's academy.

The same prize was won by the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood while Elanga's favourite Premier League player was Arsenal superstar Henry.

Speaking to the Athletic last year, the teenager admitted his admiration for the Premier legend and models his game on the Frenchman.

"Thierry Henry was my idol and I tried to match my game with his," he said.

"He was quick. He could play anywhere across the front three – striker, left wing, right wing – and that’s how I want to replicate my game."

Elanga's father might even be known to some football fans, Joseph, who earned 17 caps for Cameroon from 1998 to 2002.

He played across several clubs in Scandanavia – including Swedish side Malmo.

It was during this spell where his son, Anthony, was born – and he has already played five times for Sweden's Under-17s.

The winger came up through the Malmo academy, where is father is fondly remembered, before leaving for the Red Devils in 2014 as a 12-year-old.

United have a number of talented youngsters coming up through the ranks, including Amad, Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire, Hannibal Mejbri and Dillon Hoogewerf.

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