Manchester United defender Axel Tuaznebe has outlined what he wants to achieve in his career at the club.
The 20-year-old centre-back has joined Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season. The Villains are fighting for promotion under the guidance of former-Man United centre-back Steve Bruce.
Meanwhile, Tuanzebe is also benefitting from playing alongside former-England captain John Terry.
Born in DR Congo, Tuanzebe mainly grew up in Rochdale and has played for England’s youth sides. He insisted that he has two aims, one short-term at Villa and one long-term at United.
“I’m at Villa to fight, to play and help the team win promotion,” he said.
“After getting promotion and my medal, I want to go back to United and be a real contender for my place.”
Tuanzebe has been at United for over a decade, playing in the youth sides from a very young age up until now, his first taste of football away from Old Trafford and Carrington at Villa. He made his debut under Mourinho last season and played a couple of times while featuring regularly in matchday squads for the first half of this season.
He was certain that his long-term future and hopes lie at Manchester United.
“It’s my home. I want to be playing there for ten to 15 years,” he claimed, “that’s my motivation.”
It’s a great attitude from Tuanzebe. It shows his commitment to United but loan players have to also commit fully to their loan club.
United players are generally very good at doing that. Dean Henderson, goalkeeper for Shrewsbury Town this season and Grimsby Town last campaign, has been adored by both sets of supporters for his passion for whichever club he is playing for and has performed fantastically, too.