Sky Sports pundit Matt Murray has dropped a hint that Aston Villa loan star Axel Tuanzebe must be giving Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer something to think about next season.
Tuanzebe is currently in his second loan spell with Villa after initially joining the club in January 2018. The defender impressed so much that the Villans then swooped for him again last summer.
However, his development this term was halted by an injury that has only just seen him return this month after being absent since December.
Before that, he was impressing the Villa Park faithful and despite reports suggesting United may be looking to loan the player out again next season, Sky Sports’ Murray insists Solskjaer must be looking at a player like him ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Speaking to The Debate podcast at 37:15, he said:
“And Tuanzebe coming back, he’s so good at the back. I’m looking at that Manchester United team today and surely Solskjaer will be looking at people like him next season.”
There’s no denying where United’s main issue is; defence. Although Tuanzebe is still only 21, he could be the long term answer, especially given his ability to play in the middle of defence and at right back.
Antonio Valencia’s contract is due to expire in the summer and the form of Ashley Young at right-back has been questionable so it’s an area he could become quite useful in.
Even at centre-back, the club’s options are far from convincing and an impressive end to the season for the loanee might do enough to force him into the back of the current United boss’ mind.
The main concern with the player lies with his fitness problems but his potential and his displays for Villa when he has been fit means Solskjaer should consider developing him within the club next season.