Jose backs talented youngster to break into United first team

Date published: Wednesday 25th January 2017 8:05

Manchester United reserve team captain Axel Tuanzebe could feature in the first team this season, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

The 19-year-old was involved in the Red Devils’ pre-season plans and now Mourinho has cited the recent departures of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay could help Tuanzebe be fast-tracked into a squad which is light on numbers.

When asked if Tuanzebe could be included in the first team, Mourinho told MUTV: “He can. We lost Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, two players who didn’t play many minutes or many matches for us.

“They were two players from the squad, so we need numbers and probably Axel is one of the boys that’s in the Academy who is more close to playing with us.

“So we have brought him up to give him more experience, to make the first team more natural for him in case we need him to play in the upcoming matches and month, so he can be more adapted to us.”

Manchester United are competing in four different competitions over the course of the next month and Tuanzebe could well be called upon.

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