Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe is clearly in awe of his big name manager Jose Mourinho and the feelings are mutual.
Mourinho was in high praise for the talented centre-back after his performance in the Red Devils’ win over Swansea in the League Cup.
Tuanzebe helped his team keep a clean-sheet as United cruised into the quarter finals with the defender impressing the fans and manager alike.
Axel was quickly moved into the first team after Jose noticed his quality immediately and it won’t be a surprise to see more of the Congo-born centre-back this season.
According to Manchester Evening News, he said to MUTV: “There’s nothing better than playing for Manchester United – playing for a big manager and a big club. There’s nothing more rewarding as a young lad coming through.
“Every day you are learning. We’ve got Jose Mourinho as our manager, and you can’t ask for a bigger manager.
“Under him there’s a lot of pressure and you have to perform. But dealing with that pressure makes you a better player – I’ve got that burden on me.”
His comments will certainly please his manager but more impressively was his display against Premier League opposition away from home.
Slotting in alongside Smalling and Lindelof, Tuanzebe looked at home and not phased by the occasion at all.
If he continues to put in strong performances whilst remaining fit, there’s no reason why he can’t continue his rise and become a first team centre-back, starting regularly for United.
Mourinho rates him highly and the intelligent defender will need to keep up his good form to repay his manager’s faith.
There’s nothing more Old Trafford loves than to see a youngster come through the academy to become an important figure for the club and with Axel’s potential, he has it all to make that dream become a reality.