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Manchester United's Anthony Elanga (hidden) celebrates scoring the equalising goal to level the score at 1-1 during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg match at Wanda Metropolitano

Manchester United's Anthony Elanga (hidden) celebrates scoring the equalising goal to level the score at 1-1 during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg match at Wanda Metropolitano

Manchester United's Anthony Elanga (hidden) celebrates scoring the equalising goal to level the score at 1-1 during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg match at Wanda Metropolitano

Anthony Elanga admitted he was living through a dream after his late goal secured a 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Atletico Madird.

Super sub Elanga spared Manchester United’s blushes at Atletico Madrid as Ralf Rangnick’s side snatched a scarcely deserved 1-1 draw in the first leg of this Champions League last-16 tie.

Wednesday’s clash at a rocking Wanda Metropolitano brought together two Jekyll and Hyde sides that stand no chance of ending challenging seasons with domestic honours.

United again underwhelmed on Wednesday evening, but teenage substitute Elanga cancelled out Joao Felix’s early bullet header to secure Rangnick’s men what could prove to be an important draw with Atletico.

"Think it was my first touch as well," said a jubilant Elanga. "I have dreamt of moments like this, scoring in the Champions League against top European teams like Atletico Madrid, a dream come true. Now we have to be ready for the second half at Old Trafford.

"Whenever I am given an opportunity I want to repay the manager and give 150% everytime I step onto the pitch. I just do what I can do, I want to be the best player on the pitch and I appreciate the boss.

"You've got to stay in the game, anything can happen. We did not play the best in the first half, but improved after the substitutions in the second half. When I get the opportunity to take it. I wanted a good result for the fans because they came a long way."

United interim boss Ralf Rangnick admitted he was bemused by his side's limp first half performances, as he suggested they had to respond in the second half.

"After the performance in the first half, it could only get better," conceded Rangnick. "What we played in the first half I still cannot believe. We played without conviction, without aggression and that is why we were struggling.

"Second half we did better, more possession in areas that mattered and if we played another 10 minutes we might have won the game. We have to play better in the first half, I was very disappointed by that performance in the first half.

"Against and with the ball we were far too apprehensive and did not take any risks. We only played it in our own half and then it is difficult against a team like Atletico.

"Their goal was difficult to defend, a brilliant cross and finish. We have to play with more conviction on the ball, we need more deep runs and the way we scored the goal was exactly that. This is how we have to play against them.

"In the second half we showed in quite a few moments how we have to play. It will be different at home in front of 75,000 fans and more conviction than we did in the first half."

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