Ralf Rangick reveals Anthony Elanga’s reaction to crucial penalty miss in FA Cup defeat


Manchester United v Middlesbrough: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round

Elanga miss from 12 yards saw Middlesbrough knock United out of the cup (Picture: Getty)

Anthony Elanga is ‘shattered and absolutely disappointed’ following his penalty miss that saw Manchester United crash out of the FA Cup.

Despite taking a first-half lead through Jadon Sancho, United fell to an 8-7 penalty defeat to the Championship side at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Elanga, who was perhaps United’s brightest spark in January, stepped up to take United’s eighth penalty after Sol Bamba had confidently converted his for the visitors.

The 19-year-old however sent a wild effort straight over the bar.

Elanga was immediately consoled by Cristiano Ronaldo, who had missed from 12 yards during the first-half, with the Old Trafford crowd singing the Swede’s name in support.


United players and the manager quickly rallied around Elanga (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after the game, Ralf Rangnick told ITV: ‘Anthony Elanga, anyone can imagine how he us, he is shattered and absolutely disappointed.

‘It was the eighth penalty which had all converted.’

The German explained to BBC the club now have a responsibility to rally around the young forward.

‘We will try to encourage him again, be there for him and it can happen to more experienced players.

‘We could not have had more players to take it, there was Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and the goalkeeper.’

Middlesbrough’s equaliser came in controversial circmstances with Duncan Watmore appearing to handle the ball before crossing to find goal scorer Matt Crooks.

‘How can it be accidental if he controls the ball up in the air with his hand?’ Rangnick said.

‘It was clear it should not stand but in the end I was really surprised it stood.

‘In the first half we should have easily been 3-0 up and second half we had chances too. We should have won the game in normal time. On penalties it can happen what happened today.’

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