Axel Tuanzebe opens up about plans to impress Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Axel Tuanzebe insists he’s determined to impress Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and earn his competitive debut.

The Reserves captain was in the travelling squad for the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at Hull City and has been continuously training with the fist-team.

Mourinho was full of praise for Tuanzebe earlier in the campaign and expressed his delight in the youngster’s progress after integrating him into the senior group.

Speaking about his comments, Tuanzebe was in good spirits as he explains his plans at Old Trafford.

“There’s no better feeling,” he said, “but I can’t let it go to my head and relax now. I’ve got to keep my head down and keep proving to him why he should have faith in me. I’ve got to keep pushing every day and showing why I should be in the team and why I’m here at the club.

“It’s definitely been good training with superstars and I can learn a lot from these players every day. I’m always willing to learn and try my best. It doesn’t depend on the level, I could be with the Under-23s or the first team, I always try my best to improve as a player.

“It’s a massive booster to see the likes of Marcus and Jesse coming right from the bottom and working all the way up through the system.

“It’s always a great thing to see. It gives everyone a boost – if they can do it, why can’t I?

“Massive credit to the club for actually having the belief the youngsters can play for the first team. I don’t think that happens at every other club and it’s a real positive for all the players working here.

“It’s down to the manager. All I can do is try my best in training every day and show why I can be a first-team player.”

It’s brilliant to hear that he’s looking up to the success of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford for role models.

He’s incredibly talented and is close to making his debut and with former Reserves coach Warren Joyce returns to Old Trafford with Wigan Athletic returning on Sunday, he could finally pick up some minutes.

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