Solskjaer lauded the 22-year-old for his “unbelievable performance” in Paris – a display the United boss admitted “almost surprised” the coaching staff as they “know he’s a good player but on a night like this, he was fantastic”. But Tuanzebe could be just the partner Harry Maguire needs in the long-term, with his reading of the game, composure, height, calmness and pace as well. GoldandBlack.com video: Anthony Poindexter, Purdue defensive players, Racquel Welch Is 76 & Is Unrecognizable Today, Classic Spy Photos Of The Week: Aborted Acura NSX With V10 Engine, Ryan Fitzpatrick on Dolphins benching him for Tua Tagovailoa: 'It broke my heart'. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/ERLiwZ65eH. Get the latest odds, analysis, and insights at Yahoo Sportsbook. "And we're happy that it paid off. Even with Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly injured, it was a big call from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to include the 22-year-old in an unfamiliar back three up against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. "I've been with the rehab team and they've been getting me in every day and working hard for these kind of moments, so it's finally paid off. Instead of simply looking to get the ball as far away from the danger area as possible, the number 38 was seemingly the calmest man in the stadium as he stepped forward with the ball time and time again. Rashford may have grabbed the headlines with his late winner, but Tuanzebe simply couldn't have done a better job at keeping out a potent PSG attack. Tuanzebe showed on Tuesday that he has all the attributes to be the central defender United have been desperately crying out for, but everyone involved with the club will be hopeful he can maintain fitness and stay clear of the injuries which have troubled him during his career up to this point. The United man's performance left Mbappe frustrated down the left, forcing the World Cup winner to gesture to his teammates at the end of the first half that he wanted to switch sides. The academy graduate impressed in his first performance since December 2019, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. A lot has been made of United's defensive frailties, which have been very evident in the early parts of the season. Oh, and there's also the small matter of Tuanzebe showing the speed to keep up with Mbappe, who isn't exactly slow, is he?
With Bailly out for up to a month (again) and Maguire struggling for fitness as well, Solskjaer must reward Tuanzebe with a run in the team during this brutal period of fixtures. We're in this competition to compete. Making his first appearance since the Carabao Cup win against Colchester in December 2019, the United academy graduate stepped up impressively and helped his side to another fine win in the French capital. For more fromÂ Adam Aladay, follow him onÂ Twitter! Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. "It was an unbelievable performance from Axel, absolutely spot on. The academy graduate impressed in his first performance since December 2019 The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Three points and happy days.". Are you sure you want to delete this comment? But again, Tuanzebe was first to everything, winning every single aerial duel he went up for. A rock at the back. "He's delivering week in, week out for the team and I just want him to keep going and helping the team out. "We showed PSG respect, but ultimately we're the bigger team and we want to dominate and get the three points.
“I kept telling him through the game, ‘I want my goal, I want my goal!’ and he delivered, so I’m just happy for him,” the defender told MUTV. "I kept telling him through the game, 'I want my goal, I want my goal!' “Obviously to aid the team and it being a difficult game, we tried something new (tactically) and it paid off. "I'm feeling OK," he said. Sure, some will allude to the fact that Les Parisiens were nowhere near their best, but the reality is that United's defence - led by young Tuanzebe - frustrated Thomas Tuchel's men and never allowed them to find their rhythm. "It's a difficult game to come back to, but I'm just happy we've got the win. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. “And we’re happy that it paid off.
Tuanzebe spoke with the authority he displayed in defence, where one particular challenge with World Cup-winning star Mbappe underlined his capabilities to be a top defender. “For us, we came here to win. Axel Tuanzebe came straight back into the Manchester United team for the win over PSG, and he was exceptional. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. Returning defender Axel Tuanzebe is determined to help Manchester United compete in the Champions League after their resolve to dominate as the "bigger club" reaped rewards at Paris St Germain. Anthony Martial’s own goal cancelled out Bruno Fernandes’ retaken penalty, but Marcus Rashford slammed home at the death to secure a 2-1 victory that Solskjaer’s side deserved from their Group H opener. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?
Tuanzebe was left in one-on-one situations with Mbappe twice during the game, but instead of looking to try and win the ball when it simply wasn't going to be possible, he showed his pace to track the Frenchman and eventually draw a foul inside his own area. Making his first appearance since the Carabao Cup win against Colchester in December 2019, the United academy graduate stepped up impressively and helped his side to another fine win in the French capital. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. It would have been easy (and understandable) if Tuanzebe had looked flustered on Tuesday, making rash decisions and looking to dive in to try and stop the threat posed by Mbappe and Neymar. “He’s delivering week in, week out for the team and I just want him to keep going and helping the team out.”, Axel Tuanzebe stepped up superbly at PSG (PA Wire via ABACA). Everything you need to know about sports betting starts here. "Obviously to aid the team and it being a difficult game, we tried something new (tactically) and it paid off. This is a 22-year-old, who was playing his first game in just under one year against last season's finalists. ", Axel Tuanzebe challenges PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.
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