Manchester United Football Club made hard work of it, but their Europa League campaign starts with a victory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was dominant, though finding the all-important breakthrough proved to be a struggle.
I guess Astana were happy to sit back and soak up pressure, though you can only do that when you’ve a solid defensive base.
That’s exactly what Axel Tuanzebe provided, in a solid display from the 21-year-old against the Kazakhstani champions under the Old Trafford floodlights.
Tuanzebe was calm and composed throughout, while showing a real maturity in his overall game. I guess that’s what being the youngest ever U18s captain here at United does for you, eh?
Strong, tough in the tackle and positionally excellent, Tuanzebe was rarely troubled by Astana’s forward line, though if I had one minor criticism it would be that the youngster could improve upon his distribution.
Although the forward players will continue to get all the headlines, Tuanzebe will be the one who gets Solskjaer thinking. Make no mistake about it, he’ll be pushing Victor Lindelof hard for that starting berth.
Anyway, for now, enjoy the Twitter fan reaction to an excellent outing from United’s latest defensive starlet…