Manchester United set to give Axel Tuanzebe a chance to prove he can break into the first team this summer
- Axel Tuanzebe has been outstanding in recent weeks while on loan at Aston Villa
- Man United staff recommended to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he takes closer look
- United want to see what centre half can do during this summer’s pre-season tour
Manchester United are ready to give Axel Tuanzebe a chance to prove he can break into the first team at Old Trafford this summer.
The 21-year-old has been outstanding in recent weeks while on loan at Aston Villa and United staff have recommended to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he takes a closer look at the young centre back during pre-season.
Tuanzebe has earned more credit as it has not been a perfect season for him at Villa Park.
Man United are ready to give Axel Tuanzebe a chance to prove he can break into the first team
He endured a difficult start to his loan spell and fractured a bone in his foot just before Christmas. However, he has recovered and blossomed under the tutelage of Dean Smith and coach John Terry, putting in an accomplished performance against Leeds United last weekend.
United have had high hopes for Tuanzebe since he joined their academy at the age of eight. Indeed, in 2015, he became the first first-year scholar to captain the U18 side since Gary Neville and was drafted into the first team squad, though didn’t make his debut until January 2017 with Jose Mourinho effusive about his potential.
Now Tuanzebe looks better prepared to make the step up and United want to see what he can do during this summer’s tour of Australia, China, and Singapore.
The 21-year-old has been outstanding in recent weeks while on loan at Aston Villa
AXEL TUANZEBE STATS FOR SEASON AT VILLA
Despite criticism from certain quarters, Solskjaer maintains he does not need to buy a new centre back this summer and wants to keep the likes of Marcos Rojo while Eric Bailly’s medial ligament injury may put paid to any proposed move to Arsenal.
If he maintains his new-found confidence, Tuanzebe would add a fresh dimension.
Solskjaer wants high energy throughout his team and has targeted Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan Bissaka, though the London’s club’s valuation could yet make that deal difficult, hence the merits of Thomas Meunier and Kieran Trippier also being discussed.
Solskjaer wants a right-sided forward, a midfield all-rounder and needs a holding player to replace Ander Herrera.
Scouts have analysed Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, Florentino Luis at Benfica and West Ham’s Declan Rice while more additions could be required if Solskjaer decides to cash in on Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
Centre half endured a difficult start to loan and fractured bone in his foot just before Christmas
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