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Ten Hag blocks Man Utd star's departure in January as concern raised

Ten Hag blocks Man Utd star's departure in January as concern raised

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will block any loan approach from one club for forward Anthony Elanga, according to reports.

Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga is set to be allowed to leave the club on loan in January - but Erik ten Hag will block any approach from one club, according to a new report.

Elanga broke through into the first team towards the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time in charge, and scored two goals and provided two assists in 21 league games for United this season.

He also netted a memorable strike against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 stage, racing on to a through ball before lobbing an effort over goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Sweden international hoped to kick on further this season, and even broke a world record before pre-season got underway. Whilst working in the gym, he produced a box jump of an incredible 63 metres, as confirmed by United's official website.

But although Elanga has been a regular member of the matchday squad under Erik ten Hag, he has been mainly utilised off the bench.

The 20-year-old has not started a Premier League game since the 2-1 win over Fulham on November 13, although did play 84 minutes in the 3-0 victory over Charlton in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals earlier this month.

Now, it appears that United will sanction a loan move - but they will consider the available options carefully.

Elanga could depart Man Utd on loan

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has revealed that the Red Devils will consider allowing the forward to pursue a temporary move, but it has to be right for club and player.

He tweeted: "Manchester United would consider loan offers for Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri if good for club and player development.

"Aaron Wan-Bissaka stays - as do Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay. No firm options regarding incomings - but Erik ten Hag has said 'never say never'."

Interest in Elanga could be fierce, with a number of clubs at home and abroad said to be interested in bringing him in on loan, including Borussia Dortmund.

However, United will reportedly not allow him to join Premier League strugglers Everton. The Daily Star claim that Ten Hag are concerned about the 'climate' at Goodison Park.

The Toffees are currently joint-bottom of the Premier League table amid major fan discontent at the club's board, and the United boss is said to be worried over Elanga's development if he joins Frank Lampard's side.

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Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Erik Ten Hag