Axel Tuanzebe’s loan application approved by Manchester United board


Manchester United will consider a loan from Axel Tuanzebe away from Old Trafford, according to the journalist Jonathan Shrager.

Shrager reports that the club have approved the center-back’s request to go on loan for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

Axel Tuanzebe’s loan request approved as defender seeks regular action

Current situation

Axel Tuanzebe is one of the many talented players to have graduated from Manchester United academy in recent years. The 23-year-old, who won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in 2015, struggled for regular football last season. Despite a strong start in October, keeping Kylian Mbappe silent in a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes, Tuanzebe has only made 19 appearances for Manchester United throughout the campaign.

Starting only eight games after this magnificent night in Paris, he did not impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to outdo Victor Lindelof or Harry Maguire. Tuanzebe has also often found himself behind Eric Bailly, who signed a new contract a few months ago, in the hierarchy.

Turning 24 in November, Tuanzebe still has tons of potential and it looks like he wants the ability to deliver week after week.

Raphael Varane’s reports are not useful

With reports Manchester United are for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, with Bailly, Lindelof and Maguire all appearing likely to stay at Old Trafford, the competition for places becomes even more difficult for Tuanzebe.

Tuanzebe is of course no stranger to outings on loan. In 2018, he joined Aston Villa, then in the championship, for a brief stint. That spell was cut short with an injury, but he had impressed them enough to pick it up for the season in the next transfer window. Tuanzebe has impressed at Villa Park, making a total of 35 appearances and helping the Villains secure promotion through the play-offs in 2019.

Since then he has stayed with Manchester United and made 30 appearances in two years. His minutes played in the promotional season with Villa are well ahead of those he has managed over the past 24 months for United. However, injuries haven’t always been kind, especially in 2019/20.

Newcastle United interested in Axel Tuanzebe loan

Additionally, Shrager’s report that the Red Devils are ready to let Tuanzebe go temporarily, Athleticism Chris Waugh has expressed Newcastle United’s interest in the versatile defender.

Tuanzebe is capable of playing in multiple positions, proving his abilities at right-back, center-back (preferred), left-back and midfield. All of this will come in handy over the years.

Newcastle’s interest is hardly surprising given that then-Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has loaned him twice.

Manchester United’s best moments so far

Hope still remains in Axel Tuanzebe as Manchester United defender, but it’s hard not to feel that he needs 12 months of regular football, preferably in the Premier League, to get to where he needs to be. Unfortunately, although the door is not closed, loaned players have struggled to get back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans, although Diogo Dalot may have the opportunity to change that theory in the coming months – it that is, if he does not return to AC Milan on loan – the Rossoneri are currently offering another loan with option to buy, according to Fabrice Romano, but Manchester United have yet to accept his advances.

Tuanzebe is already remembered for that big night in Paris, as mentioned before, but he will personally hold the victory on penalties against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup close to his heart. A match, in September 2019, which he started as captain. The former England junior international is hoping to capitalize on those moments upon his return if he manages to get out on loan.

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