Ralf Rangnick has revealed his Manchester United players are increasingly asking for additional information on the opposition, in a concentrated effort to create marginal gains.
This theme was brought up during the second part of the German press conference on Friday after Anthony Elanga admitted this week that he had studied Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The young Sweden Under-21 international became our star of the show in Spain when stepping off the bench to score an all-important equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Diego Simeone’s side.
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Elanga was played through on goal by Bruno Fernandes and, when faced by one of the world’s best goalkeepers, in the pressure cooker of the Champions League, he rose to the challenge in style.
When speaking to club reporter Stewart Gardner after the final whistle, Anthony admitted his pre-match research on Oblak had helped him when it came to making a split-second decision.
“It was my first touch of the game and I always do my homework when I am playing against other teams, so I watched that he doesn’t really like that side,” said Elanga.
“He comes out and leaves a huge space for me, and of course in that moment, it is my first touch of the game, I have still got to be composed and calm and relaxed. I was able to slot it in and see the space. Happy days!”