Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘to unleash duo in Premier League’ once title battle ends

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly set to unleash Hannibal Mejbri and Anthony Elanga in the Sunday's goalless draw with Leeds once Manchester United's unlikely title bid comes to an end.

Solskjaer has vowed he will not give up on United's chances of being crowned champions until it is mathematically impossible – although that scenario was brought closer by Sunday's goalless draw with Leeds.

The Elland Road deadlock left the Red Devils 10 points behind Manchester City with 15 left to play for – meaning Pep Guardiola's side need just six more to ensure a third title in four seasons.

City will be confirmed as champions next weekend if they win at Crystal Palace next Saturday and Liverpool do them a favour by beating Solskjaer's side the following day.

The upside of that for United fans would be that they might see exciting prospects Mejbri and Elanga make their first-team bows.

In doing so they would join Amad and Shola Shoretire in breaking into Solskjaer's first-team plans, as the Red Devils plots the future of the club where he achieved cult status as a player.

Mejbri and Elanga have impressed the United boss this season and were on course to make their senior debuts earlier in the campaign before they both suffered injuries earlier this year.

They have started training with the first team in recent weeks, however.

Mejbri, a France Under-17 international, was set to move up to first team training back in February before suffering an arm injury.

The 18-year-old, who signed for United from Monaco in the summer of 2019, can play in the centre of midfield or out wide, and signed a new long-term contract in March.

Speaking about Mejbri, Solskjaer recently told United's official website: “He was unlucky getting injured when he was supposed to come up [to train] with us.

“Now he’s got over the injury and joined in, and he’s done well, the boy.”

Elanga, 18, was set back after suffering a collarbone injury in January.

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  • The Sweden Under-17 international can play anywhere across the front line and has been with the club since he was 12.

    Like Mejbri, he too signed a new long-term contract in March and started training with the first team at the beginning of this month.

    Solskjaer said of Elanga: "I've got faith in the young lads, of course, and in Anthony, we have a player with good skills, a great attitude and he scores goals from either the right or left, and he's got good pace.

    "He's got that X-factor and I like players with speed and acceleration and he's definitely got that.”

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