We seriously need to talk about the unreal outing from Axel Tuanzebe vs PSG this evening…
The centre-back hadn’t played since mid-December, so what a tough ask it was to go toe-to-toe with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in your first game back.
Although the Red Devils were deployed in a back five, it was always going to be a challenge. Well, United’s former youth captain was more than up to the task. Cool, calm and composed throughout. Tough in the tackle. Positionally brilliant and full of leadership. It was an absolute joy to watch.
It’s easy to forget just how special Tuanzebe looked at the start of the 2019/20 term, but tonight was the perfect reminder for us all.
His game was summed up by an inch-perfect tackle on Mbappe, who was through on goal and looked destined to score. Tuanzebe won the ball as clean as a whistle, leaving the Frenchman with nothing to do but moan at the referee – who got the decision 100% correct by the way.
It was brilliant then, to see United fans expressing their delight at the 22-year-old’s outstanding display on social media. Enjoy all this praise, Axel, as you deserve it!
Check out the best fan reaction to the brilliant Axel Tuanzebe performance vs PSG:
I guess now it’s about kicking on from here and doing what he can to force his way back into the team. He will challenge for a starting spot and rightly so. Injuries to others played into his hands tonight, but having Tuanzebe there as an option is an excellent luxury to have.
I just hope this young man can now stay fit and really show us all what he’s about. We’ve been left unconvinced by the likes harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof recently. Perhaps Tuanzebe is the long-term answer for Manchester United?