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Nicky Butt hails ‘brilliant’ Axel Tuanzebe and RoShaun Williams

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United U19s coach Nicky Butt has sung the praises of two of his defenders, Axel Tuanzebe and RoShaun Williams.

The pair managed to keep a clean sheet in their UEFA Youth League clash with CSKA Moscow this week and have been impressing as of late.

Tuanzebe, in particular, has caught the eye and he was named on the bench for Man United’s trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League last week.

It was an indication of just how much the pair have achieved and Williams will know he is not far behind his colleague. Louis van Gaal has a reputation of bringing through young players at every club he has been at and Tuanzebe’s promotion to the first-team at just 17 years old proves that.

Butt was hugely impressed with his central defensive partnership and, after the game, he said: “The lads at the back were brilliant.

“The way we performed meant we played a lot of the time one v one as well. It’s a really good thing and something you’ve got to do if you play for Manchester United at the top level, defend one v one. I thought they did that and I was really confident with them doing that. They proved to me they’re more than capable of playing at a high level.”

It is high praise coming from someone like Butt, who himself came through United’s academy before becoming an integral part of the first-team. Tuanzebe and Williams will know they have one of the best possible figures to mentor them and it will do them a world of good to see their coach suggest they can go all the way.

Tuanzebe has had a taste of first-team action now and will be hoping he can keep his place around van Gaal’s squad. With both players just 17, there is no doubting they have huge futures ahead of them. At United, they are at the best place they could possibly be to develop and Butt, along with the fans of the club, will be hoping to see them turning out in the famous red shirt very soon.

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