Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe was involved with the first-team squad for the first time for the trip to Crystal Palace.
Tuanzebe was an unused substitute as Man United were held to a 0-0 draw and was given the No.38 shirt for his primary involvement with the first team squad. The 17-year-old was rewarded for a great start to his United career after he was named the Academy Player of the Year last season.
The 17-year-old has impressed for both the U18s and U21s and will be delighted that his hard work is being rewarded. The faith shown in him by the manager will do him a world of good and Tuanzebe is focused on getting into the first-team on a regular basis.
“It’s been good,” he told Manutd.com.
“I’ve come back from injury and got back into my game. I’m really enjoying it. The Under-21s is a better level with better players and it’s really like men’s football and is another stepping stone to the first team. Obviously, I won Player of the Year last season but finished off with an injury so I’m just trying to get my way back into the team and impress the manager really.”
Tuanzebe has come through United’s academy after joining at the age of just eight and he is developing into a top-class centre-half.
His displays in age group football have shown that he is a class above the rest of the players in the same team and it may just be a matter of time before he makes his first-team debut.
There is no doubt that he deserves it and the Congo-born defender will hope that he can stay in and around the first team for the rest of the season. At just 17, the future is bright for the youngster and United fans should definitely keep a close eye on his development.