ANTHONY ELANGA has been the victim of vile racist abuse online after missing a penalty in Manchester United’s shoot-out defeat to Middlesbrough.
The 19-year-old struck his spot kick over the bar as Championship side Boro stunned the Red Devils to win 8-7 on penalties and progress through to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
Elanga has been subjected to horrific online abuseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
After the game, a spokesperson for Meta, the company which owns Instagram, confirmed it had removed a number of comments on Elanga’s page.
They also revealed that an investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas screenshotted some of the racist abuse which had been posted on social media.
And he added: “Sooo easy to predict…”
Elanga made his debut for Man Utd last season and has already shown some incredibly promising moments in the current campaign.
He has made 11 appearances for the Old Trafford-based outfit, scoring two goals.
Back in December he penned a new contract with United to keep him at the club until 2026.
Included within the deal was also the option of an additional year.
Speaking about pledging his future to the Red Devils, Elanga said: “My ultimate ambition has always been to play for Manchester United.
“The standard is extremely high, but this contract is another important moment in my journey.
“This is the perfect environment to take the next step, with world-class players and coaches to learn from every day.
“I am overjoyed that the Club has shown such faith in my development, and I want to thank my family and all of the staff for their ongoing support.
“I know that with hard-work and dedication comes opportunity at this special club and I cannot wait to continue my progress here. Glory to God always.”
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