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Manchester United's Anthony Elanga receives online racist abuse after FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough

Man Utd lost on penalties to Championship club Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Friday with Anthony Elanga missing his spot-kick in the defeat; Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has highlighted the racist abuse of Elanga on Instagram

Anthony Elanga
Image: Anthony Elanga received racist abuse on his Instagram page

Manchester United winger Anthony Elanga was subjected to online racist abuse after the FA Cup penalty shootout loss to Middlesbrough on Friday.

A spokesperson for Meta, the company which owns Instagram, where the abuse took place, said it has already removed a number of comments on Elanga's page and its investigation is ongoing.

Elanga missed the decisive penalty in a 7-8 shootout defeat to Middlesbrough as United suffered a shock cup exit after the match ended 1-1 following extra-time at Old Trafford.

After the game, Aberdeen striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas tweeted screenshots to highlight the racist abuse Elanga received on Instagram and said "Sooo easy to predict… ".

Sky Sports News has contacted Greater Manchester Police.

Clinton Morrison on racist abuse towards Elanga

"No young man goes up to take a penalty and means to miss it," said Sky Sports expert Clinton Morrison.

"He's been good for them, and has stood up for them over the last few weeks.

Anthony Elanga celebrates his opener
Image: Elanga scored in Manchester United's win against Brentford last month

"It infuriates me - what is the point of someone racially abusing Elanga? The kid was devastated when he came off, he already knows he's missed a crucial penalty. But don't talk about the colour of his skin.

"We are all human beings here. We're all together.

"Once he crosses that white line, he's trying to give 100 per cent.

"What do people do? They go and pick on the youngster because of the colour of his skin.

"I'm sick and tired of it."

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