Axel Tuanzebe made five first-team appearances for Manchester United in the latter stages of last season as Jose Mourinho rotated his squad ahead of the Europa League final.
The 19-year-old was used at right-back and in central midfield during his spell in the first team, and many believed that the teenager would be seriously knocking on the door in the early weeks of the 2017-18 campaign.
Tuanzebe has not made a single appearance for United in any competition this season, however, which makes it even stranger that Mourinho did not decide to send the defender on loan during the summer transfer window.
Watching Tuanzebe at Under-23 level, it is not too difficult to see that the Englishman is now above that standard, and he looks ready to play first-team football on a regular basis.
On Wednesday, the teenager gave an interview to United’s official television channel where he claimed that he had matured as a person and as a footballer over the last few months.
It is safe to say that Tuanzebe has already shown enough of his ability to the United supporters, and many have called for Mourinho to give him minutes in the coming months.
he is far better than smalling
— leyxon_delee (@Leyxon_D) October 4, 2017
Play him then
— Saf (@FinessedByFosu) October 4, 2017
Sell Smalling, start him
— Aditya Patil (@patiladitya17) October 4, 2017
— Daniel (@PogbaMadness) October 4, 2017
Give him more chances or loan him out. #MUFC
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@FootballFans1_) October 4, 2017
— Natty (@Natty_Ovo) October 4, 2017
He should be given chance to play then, either UCL or EPL
— Lincoln (@lincolnkipngeno) October 4, 2017
Needs first team games
— Lukman (@lukmanali_) October 4, 2017
the lad des erves at least 15mins
— belinda (@belinda71661417) October 4, 2017
— . (@RedLikeRom) October 4, 2017