Manchester United’s Anthony Elanga nearly breaks box jumping world record as he strives to impress manager Erik ten Hag ahead of new season


Manchester United striker Anthony Elanga came close to breaking the record for the world’s highest boxing jump earlier this summer.

The Sweden international played for United last season, making 21 appearances in all competitions and equalizing in the Champions League Round of 16 at Atletico Madrid in February.

Elanga uses her lower body power to jump from a standing start

Elanga's quads and calves allow him to rise to the top of the box

Elanga’s quads and calves allow him to rise to the top of the box

Elanga exhibits excellent poise and balance to plant her feet securely on top of the box

Elanga exhibits excellent poise and balance to plant her feet securely on top of the box

Visibly happy, Elanga celebrates his impressive box jump personal best

Visibly happy, Elanga celebrates his impressive box jump personal best

Like many of his teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Scott McTominay, Elanga has kept his supporters updated on his progress ahead of the new season.

As part of a strength and conditioning program with fitness trainer Tom Joyce, Elanga worked on her box jump to improve her explosive power.

Earlier in June, during a training session before the official start of the pre-season, he managed to post a personal best 63 inches (5 ft 2 in).

The jump was just four inches below the current Guinness World Record for the highest jump set last year by US personal trainer Chris Spell who admitted to training for six months to break the record.

You wouldn’t bet against Elanga breaking the record in the future due to his thirst for competition, as shown during last season’s breakout campaign.

Last month, he told Manchester United’s official website that becoming the best requires competing with the best.

“Competition is healthy, especially in the environment I’m in,” said the 20-year-old Swede.

Anthony Elanga has had an impressive season scoring twice in 21 games

Anthony Elanga has had an impressive season scoring twice in 21 games


“I feel like everyone is pushing themselves to be the best version of themselves and it shows, even in training.

“Competition is something you need in a great team like Manchester United. If you want to become the best, you have to compete with the best.

Elanga is preparing for a debut season under new manager Erik ten Hag and the striker knows all about the qualities the Dutchman will bring to Old Trafford.

Elanga said: “Erik has incredible records in Europe; he did very well with Ajax. He’s a manager I’m really looking forward to working with and I know he can bring a lot of his leadership and qualities to this team. It’s going to be good.

“We know we haven’t had the best of seasons this season but, with more work in pre-season and the arrival of the new manager, [next season] should be really, really good.

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