Manchester United progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup as late goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku gave them a 2-0 win against Derby County at Old Trafford on Friday night, but Red Devils fans were frustrated to see youngster Axel Tuanzebe miss out on a place in the 18.
Considering Jose Mourinho’s men were coming up against Championship opposition at home, it certainly wouldn’t have been unexpected to see the 20-year-old and Scott McTominay named in the starting line-up, but the former was omitted completely while the latter had to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.
Despite playing against Swansea in the EFL Cup earlier in the campaign and as a late substitute against Everton in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, Tuanzebe wasn’t given another opportunity against the Rams and rumours will now start that he could leave the club on loan this month.
Man United supporters were quick to have their say on the absence of the starlet via social media, and while one said “very disappointing that Tuanzebe didn’t play tonight”, another said he “needs to start these games”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Tuanzebe needs to go out loan. The boy needs games
— jiyeonamja (@JiyeonNamja) January 6, 2018
20 minutes in and already wondering why Jose didn't just let Tuanzebe play. Herrera is playing in the exact position Blind was bought in to play, so why not free up a spot in midfield and let ONE youngster have some game time against a Championship side. pic.twitter.com/e4Y3Kpnb0v
— Jasper Wu (@JASPERWU) January 6, 2018
Very disappointing that Tuanzebe didn't play tonight. Desperately needs game time & should be getting a chance ahead of Blind who is surely on his way out in the summer #mufc
— Jack Wylie (@JWylieCoyote) January 5, 2018
Would have loved to see Tuanzebe start today's game.
— Ankal T (@matatez) January 5, 2018
surprised not to see McTominay and Tuanzebe get a start…
— Alok Bhide (@bhidealok) January 5, 2018
Smalling and Blind. Jesus. Start Tuanzebe at RB, play Lindelof and Blind at CB.
— Schweinsteiger Fan (@a_ojaswi) January 5, 2018
Just seen the team, looks like Blind at centre back with Smalling, good to see Shaw continue to start and Mkhitaryan get an opportunity, hopefully Lingard keeps up his great form and Rashford takes his opportunity at centre forward, only wish Tuanzebe would’ve got a chance #MUFC
— SamiMUFC82 🇾🇪 (@SamiMUFC82) January 5, 2018
Decent line up, but Tuanzebe needs to start in these games. https://t.co/eb9StTVfCr
— Stan (@BallerMartial) January 5, 2018
What has tuanzebe got to do to get a start… 🤦♂️
— Ash (@AshWilliams92) January 5, 2018
Surprised by how strong the team is honestly. But seriously, where's Axel?! Needs to go out of on a loan spell. Needs to get more game time! #MUFC
— Varun Kothari (@VarunK93) January 5, 2018