Highly-rated United youngster pleased with progression

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has said that he has matured as a person and as a footballer since making the breakthrough into the first team at Old Trafford.

Tuanzebe is yet to represent United this season, but the 19-year-old appeared four times for Jose Mourinho’s side in the latter stages of the 2017-18 campaign.

The centre-back is expected to be given the chance to impress in the cup competitions this term, and Tuanzebe has vowed to continue learning as he bids to secure a regular position in the squad.

Tuanzebe told MUTV:

“I’d say I’ve matured and my football style has matured. I think I make better decisions now, you learn about prioritising the team more rather than playing for yourself.

“That’s a massive part of getting into the team because everything you do is about trying to benefit the team. I’ve been with the first team now for more than half a season and you just keep learning.

“There is no point where you stop learning or you’ve seen enough, it’s always a continuous journey.”

Tuanzebe was used at right-back and in central midfield in the latter stages of last season as Mourinho rotated his squad ahead of the Europa League final, but the teenager primarily operates at the heart of the defence.

The England Under-20 international travelled with the United squad for their Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow last week.