Man United youngster Axel Tuanzebe delighted with Jose Mourinho’s praise

by Leo Nieboer

Axel Tuanzebe has reacted to Jose Mourinho’s praise and has expressed his desire to continue working hard under the 53-year-old.

Following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic last Saturday, Mourinho insisted he could instantly see the 18-year-old’s potential during his 10 minute cameo.

He was named amongst the substitutes for Man United’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park last season, but didn’t manage to make an appearance for Louis van Gaal.

But in light of Mourinho’s comments, Tuanzebe is determined to assert himself on the first team in the upcoming campaign.

“To have your own manager backing you so strongly is always a positive sign. My aim now is to just keep impressing and striving towards my goals,” he told MUTV.

“This is my opportunity now. Last year, I missed a couple of months due to injury but now I can start afresh, give it a good go and try to stick with the first team.

“It’s been good [being on tour], you get to watch the senior players and see how they do things, taking things on board little habits.

“You get along with everyone really because you’re all part of the team you obviously have your close ones. I’ve come through the ranks with likes of Marcus [Rashford], Timothy [Fosu-Mensah], Jesse [Lingard] they’re the close ones. But you get along with everyone.”

Mourinho isn’t the only one to instantly recognise Tuanzebe’s massive potential. His composure on the ball, acute positional sense and immense physical strength all comes across as wonderfully natural. Stepping up to the first-team didn’t faze Tuanzebe in the slightest, who has already demonstrated his capacity as a born leader through captaining the Under 18 side as first year scholar.

This summer’s pre-season tour represents a perfect opportunity for Tuanzebe to ensure that he makes his mark on the first-team this season, following in the footsteps of fellow academy products such as Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

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