Axel Tuanzebe has Man Utd legends raving after excellent PSG stats
While Marcus Rashford’s late goal stole the headlines, Manchester United‘s Axel Tuanzebe was imperious at the back in their 2-1 win against PSG.
Tuanzebe, who came through the United academy, was making his first start in 10 months and showed incredible acceleration to deal with Kylian Mbappe.
Playing the full 90 minutes on the right side of a back three, the 22-year-old made seven clearances – the most of any player on the pitch.
He also completed 22 passes at a success rate of 92%, made one block and won 100% of his aerial duels.
“Axel did fantastic, he’s been out for 10 months so to put in a performance like this against Neymar and Mbappe almost surprised us as well,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the game. “We know he’s a good player, but to do it on a night like this is fantastic.”
Former United players Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Darren Fletcher were covering the game for BT Sport and also heaped praise on the centre-back.
Axel Tuanzebe just played his first game for Manchester United since December 2019…
100% aerial duels won
92% pass accuracy
A 🔝 display 🔥 pic.twitter.com/z4CaRgGsam
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 20, 2020
We’ve also rounded up a number of tweets from United fans that are already getting excited by the promising defender.
Axel Tuanzebe pictured with a fan. 📸 pic.twitter.com/fy8lY2xDNE
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 20, 2020
Tuanzebe not played for a year comes in like a prime Rio against 3 of the best forwards in the world. Always in control, never going to ground, some player him if he can stay fit
— Hoddy (@redhod99) October 20, 2020
Axel Tuanzebe has not played for United for nearly a year and went to Paris and pocketed Kylian Mbappe. What an incredibly inspired performance. That’s our centre back.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 20, 2020
Axel Tuanzebe is the best centreback at #MUFC. He proved that tonight. He dealt with Neymar and Mbappe with ruthless defending, matching them for smarts & pace. A complete performance by Axel. #PSGMUN
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) October 20, 2020
— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) October 20, 2020