Axel Tuanzebe has been working towards getting more first team opportunities for some time.
The 21-year-old claims to be ready after spending time away from Old Trafford on loan spells. Last season at Aston Villa he played a key role in Dean Smith’s side gaining Premier League promotion, which should give him the experience needed to be a decent top flight defender or more!
Anyhow, it’s currently scoreless in Australia with Manchester United taking on A-League champions Perth Glory.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make a number of substitutions at half-time to help the other squad members gain fitness.
Perth have thus far spent the game with eleven players behind the ball, but that is to be expected when United come to town.
But part of the reason for that is because Perth Glory can’t get close to United’s goal.
Tuanzebe has been a rock at the back, calm and collective on the ball which is assuring when we as fans are beginning to panic with the club yet to sign a top class centre-back.
The young English defender left a good impression on the pitch in the first 45 minutes. See below for tweets from United fans on Tuanzebe.
— StretfordPaddock (@StretfordPaddck) July 13, 2019
Really impressed with the pressing so early into pre-season, the players are looking fitter. Daniel James looking really bright and Tuanzebe not letting their striker get any luck at all.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) July 13, 2019
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) July 13, 2019
Decent half. No goals.
Tuanzebe was good.
James as well.
Hoping for a better 2nd. #mufc
— Hammas (@Hammas_16) July 13, 2019
HT. Relatively respectable performance by #mufc, given it’s their first friendly. Encouraging 45 minutes for Dan James. Lingard looked sharp and Tuanzebe and Jones were composed.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 13, 2019
Axel Tuanzebe vs. Perth Glory:
• 96% pass accuracy
• 75% aerials won
Solid showing. 💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/IQMhqTVaXV
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 13, 2019