Steve Bruce tips Axel Tuanzebe to have big future at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has tipped Axel Tuanzebe to have a “really big future” at Manchester United.

The 20-year-old impressed many with a series of composed displays at both central midfield and full-back towards the end of last season.

But he has only managed one start under Jose Mourinho this season and joined Villa – currently fifth in the Championship – on loan last week as a result.

And Bruce, when asked about Tuanzebe, noted that the youngster has all the credentials to cement himself at Old Trafford in the future.


Tuanzebe has always been blessed with the physical frame to compete at the top level, but what separates him from most youngsters is the maturity with which he reads the game.

He can already occupy four positions – both full-back spots, central midfield, and as a left-sided centre back – and has done so successfully for Man United already, even without being properly immersed at this level.

The bottom line, I guess, is that Tuanzebe possesses a level of quality on and off the ball that would go to waste in the reserves or on the bench. He needs to be playing football every week, and in Bruce – as well as teammate John Terry – he has a reliable mentor.

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