‘There were many options’ – Former Manchester United player opens up about summer departure

The 21-year-old Sweden forward was allowed to depart Old Trafford this summer after progressing through their famed Academy system. Nottingham Forest won the race for his signature.

Forest paid around 15million for the privilege and Elanga scored his first goal for the club during the 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. It means, after four cameo appearances, the winger is pushing for his first Premier League start when he returns from the international break.

Before then, Elanga – who has already made a first return to Old Trafford this campaign – will represent Sweden in two Euro 2024 qualifiers against Estonia and Austria in the coming days. He has already won 12 caps for them with three goals coming in those fleeting appearances.

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On the decision to leave United this summer, Elanga told Fotbollskanalen: “Yes [it was emotional to go]. I grew up there and I was there in the Academy, but I have to listen to myself now.

“It was the right step for me [to sign for Forest] and now I want to develop as a player and a person. I&aposm happy and want to develop as a player, and have a good coach who can help me a lot. Now I just want to show what I can do by scoring more goals and assists.”

Elanga added: “I had a good time there. The fans were great to me and it was a good career I had with United, but now it&aposs a new step and I want to show the Premier League and, also, Nottingham Forest that they made the right decision to buy me.