The FA have launched an investigation after Anthony Elanga was hit by an object during Manchester United’s victory over Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.
The Red Devils took a two-goal lead thanks to captain Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.
But their lead quickly evaporated in the second half when Leeds scored two goals 60 seconds apart.
Elanga and Fred were replaced by Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard to change the fate of United. And they did.
Fred completed a sweeping counter-attack, restoring United’s lead and cementing his position in fourth place.
And as the United players celebrated the crushing finish, Elanga was hit by a vape-like object flying from the stands.
United’s medical team examined the teenager and after a quick check, he was allowed to play until the end of the game.
The FA has now confirmed that it is investigating the matter.
Speaking about the incident, United boss Ralph Rangnick said: “As far as I know, Leeds United are conducting some kind of investigation.
“I don’t think anything happened in the end. Anthony Elanga looked good and was happy to score his goal.
“Obviously things like this shouldn’t happen, and I think even more so in this game. The atmosphere was great.
“Sometimes we had to cool things off a bit on the pitch, but that’s what I did when I got on the pitch (during late hand-to-hand combat). I didn’t want anything to happen – no yellow or red cards.
“At times like this, I think it’s important to try to calm down.”
Elanga captured United’s fourth goal of the game, getting justice and also destroying the game.
Slipping the ball under Illan Mellier, Elanga ran out the net with a finger to his lips before finishing his celebration with a knee slide.
Leeds left-back Junior Firpo also challenged Elanga, causing pushes and slams from both sets of players late in the game upside down.
The win gives United a four-point margin in the top four, holding off challenges from West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves for a place.
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