Manchester United’s first pre-season tour game is in the books, as the Red Devils players start to build up those all-important fitness levels before the serious stuff starts next month.
Although these friendly matches aren’t for everyone, I genuinely love watching them as you often get to see new signings and a smattering of young players involved.
Amongst the starters was Axel Tuanzebe, who fresh off an excellent loan spell at Aston Villa, has put pen to paper on a new deal and was looking to impress.
The 21-year-old wasn’t really tested defensively, but he was immensely cool and calm on the ball throughout, while showing a real physically imposing style of defending.
As you’d imagine, the United fans were buzzing on social media so we’ve compiled some of the best reactions below:
Again, we’ll reiterate that this was a pre-season game against a considerably weaker opponent, but Tuanzebe didn’t look out of place within that United starting XI.
I’d much prefer to see first-team minutes given to a young, hungry up-and-comer who came through our academy rather than watching Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo struggle for another season.
This is the perfect time to allow Tuanzebe to settle into the first-team mix before (hopefully) being involved for United on a regular basis in the 2019/20 campaign.